acting as supplementary staircase in the exhibition space at the OK center for contemporary art, ‘net linz’ by croatian-austrian design collective numen/for use is an inhabitable and climbable social sculpture made of intricately interwoven mesh. the nets are suspended from the ceiling and stretched with the weight of sand bags attached to their base. their vertical orientation, reaching towards the height of the room, results in a canyon-like path, where the visitor must slowly swing as they meander along the steep and undulating aisle.

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
nets suspended from the ceiling act as a climbable aisle

 

the installation by numen/for use is activated by audience participation, becoming alive and slowly shifting in shape and form as it envelops them in an intricate maze of matter.

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
visitors must meander through a narrow path of mesh material

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
the nets take the place of a traditional staircase

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
gripping the nets as they walk, the visitor actives the social sculpture

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
participants making their way across the sculpture

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
hanging in the interlaced material

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
climbing up the net to the second level

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
visitors make their way towards the ceiling

numen/for use swap staircase in ok haus with net linz
a maze of interwoven netting envelops the visitor