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Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String

Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String

Katherine Moline

RED Objects’ (Sydney: COFASpace, 2011)

Constructed from plastic, rubber and stainless steel, Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String: Super Tube; Super Suction; Super String (2010-2011) can be seen as devices for connecting materials and bodies separated by distance. The commercial uses for which the material units were designed are obscured by the uses for which Moline re-purposes these ready-made components. This sort of reverse-design questions design’s purposiveness. Instead of the hype of the new and the useful in much design discourse, this homemade equipment implicitly challenges such over-determination. Instead of aiming for optimisation and control, this equipment for connection is experimental. The work continues the series of rubber k/nots exhibited in 2006 that explored the experiences of extreme jetlag as a mirror of the socio-political changes geared around petrol consumption. This series, however, proposes new devices with which to create playful alternatives to the limited terms in which usefulness is understood in current design debate.

Exhibited in ‘RED Objects,’ COFASpace, Sydney, 2011.

Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String

Katherine Moline, Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String: Super Tube (2010-2011). Plastic, stainless steel; 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Courtesy Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney

Katherine Moline, <i>Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String: Super Tube</i> (2010-2011). Plastic, stainless steel; 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Courtesy Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney
Katherine Moline, <i>Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String: Super Suction</i> (2010-2011). Rubber rope and plungers; 300 x 10 cm installed. Courtesy Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney
Katherine Moline, <i>Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String: Super String</i> (2010-2011). Rubber, stainless steel; 150 x 100 cm. Courtesy Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney
Katherine Moline, <i>Equipment for the Actual Complexities and Intricacies of String</i> (2010-2011). Rubber, plastic, stainless steel; variable dimensions. Courtesy Yuill Crowley Gallery