In today’s society there is a lot of knowledge, but how is it transmitted? Young people get their knowledge from books and the internet, while older people and their traditions disappear. The society is changing and people are suspicious of spontaneity and communication with each other. People increasingly withdraw into their own privacy ‘bubble’ while society, perhaps more than ever, actually is in need of real social exchange.
My social machine focuses on an ancient form of communication and social activity: embroidery. The machine makes people an active part of the installation, where transfer of ‘heritage’ (a collection of behavior, knowledge, expertise, skills, memories, core values and sentiment) is the central theme. People are invited to sit down and use an embroidery needle to leave a mark and undergo the short but real social moment. The embroidered carpet is the silent witness of the numerous encounters, and the visitor created a positive memory to cherish.
Photography by Louise te Poele