Leonie Heinzler: Fishing at Night, 2018; photo/©: Leonie Heinzler
Katalin Winter: irretire – Ensnared in the Web, Wraped and Entangled, 2018; photo: ifa, ©: Katalin Winter
Lauren Luckert da Costa Tavares: System Point, 2018; photo: ifa, ©: Lauren Luckert da Costa Tavares
Leonie Holfelder: Ensnared and Bonded, 2018; photo/©: Leonie Holfelder

#Summer Studio


There are nets made of textiles, networks for distribution, and natural and social networks. We know the structure of the net from fishing nets, the nets of spiders’ webs, mosquito nets, net shopping bags, hairnets, and net stockings, catching and goal nets, public transportation networks, street or railway networks, gas and water networks, and also mobile telecommunications networks. We are networked and connected. The structure of the net is the sign of universal interconnection, mutual relations and exchange. It is unlimited and can be infinitely combined and expanded. It is not hierarchical and top-down, but spread across a surface. Everything is connected with everything else, often by means of a side branch. Nets and networks are basic and primeval structures that we find in nature and that have been copied and used by humankind for thousands of years, and that have become a fundamental structure in our thinking and actions – we live in the metaphor of the net. A group of students in the programme in textiles design at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart has been exploring nets and networks, looking at connections between organic nets and mathematical grids, as both a confrontation between and also a togetherness of nature and technology and of the physical and the invisible. Nets and networks and with them the complexity and flexibility that shape our societies today are made visible and tangible, from the fishing net to the network of construction sites in the city of Stuttgart, from the nervous system in the human body to the cosmic web of the universe. 

Participating designers and architects: Isabella Braunreuther, Leonie Heinzler, Leonie Holfelder, Elisabeth Kätzl, Lauren Luckert da Costa Tavares, Thea Mihu, Katharina Nunner, Lena Obländer, Patricia Oniciuc Jecan, Carina Peter, Angelika Renz, Mara Salehi-Gilani, Katalin Winter

Carina Peter: Inbetween, 2018; photo/©: Carina Peter
Thomas Fehrwagner: Officium, netfurniture, 2018; photo: die arge lola, ©: Thomas Fehrwagner
Leonie Obländer: Reziprocare, 2018; photo/©: Leonie Obländer
Patricia Oniciuc Jecan: Cosmic Flows, 2018; photo/©: Illustris
Katharina Nunner: Corpus Coniunctus, 2018; photo/©: Katharina Nunner
Thea Mihu: Wired Urban Synthetics. A web of inner-city metamorphoses, 2018; photo/©: Thea Mihu
Isabella Braunreuther / Angelika Renz: Impact, 2018; photo/©: Isabella Braunreuther und Angelika Renz
Elisabeth Kätzl: Sprang, 2018; photo: ifa, ©: Elisabeth Kätzl

In cooperation with

Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren, Universität Stuttgart
Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Textildesign

ifa Gallery Stuttgart

Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart
Phone +49.711.2225.173

Tuesdays – Sundays   12 – 6 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and on holidays

13 July – 16 September 2018