Knot Touch


September 29 2017 - April 29 2018

An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play

Often galleries and museums are off-limits to visitors as far as touching art and objects. In this exhibition the restriction is lifted. Using netting, rope and a range of maritime knots, Kang will create a spatial installation for the Maritime Museum that delivers a tactile experience that stimulates the imagination and invites interaction.

The exhibition is designed to engage a range of visitors including young, older and those with disabilities. It's a playful installation that invites visitors to touch and engage.  

Kang is an Auckland-based artist from Korea, and an avid tomato grower, this site specific installation is constructed from with netting and rope; ubiquitous materials used throughout the maritime industry.

Nets are soft, flexible and durable; they stretch and are responsive to being pushed or pulled. Able to support heavy weight, they can also be used to delineate spatial zones without the use of walls. The open spaces between the looped and knotted cord and rope allow viewing through both sides of the net; simultaneously promoting notions of catchment and freedom, depending on which side of the net one is placed.

The versatility of knotted rope enables one to fasten, secure, lift, bind and drag. Eight basic types of knots are used in maritime activities: reef, bowline, sheetbend, clove hitch, rolling, and the anchor bend. Throughout the world, knots are used for a range of purposes - from the functional through to the decorative. This installation will explore the qualities and functions of different types of knots.

Robust, comfortable, and physically stimulating, the different zones of the installation will invite visitors to test their responses and engage their imagination. 

In addition to the installation there will be several workshops throughout the length of the exhibition, and involve makers from cultural and craft backgrounds to engage with visitors onsite.