STOLL, a German 3D knitting machinery company, co-created and manufactured the textile element of “A Tent without a Signal,” a digitally flatbed knitted tapestry. Stoll reports that the tapestry is part of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Architecture Effects, which looks at the Bilbao effect in our culture.
According to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s co-curators, Troy Conrad Therrien and Manuel Cirauqui, the exhibition’s purpose is to exemplify “the connections between art and architecture at the height of unique 21st century conditions” by highlighting the impact technology has on a time of major digital transformations, social media, artificial intelligence and climate change.
“A Tent without a Signal,” designed by MOS Architects, was made with STOLL’s CMS 530 HP E16 and consists of 24 knitted panels, each measuring 1 meter by 6 meters. The five-colored jacquard with mesh pointelle panels were knitted with high-tech Filati BE.MI.VA., Pinori Filati, and Statex yarns. Therrien calls it a “futuristically fluorescent” piece of art.
A case study of MOS’ “A Tent without a Signal” and STOLL’s contribution will become available to the public as part of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and STOLL’s technological collaboration. The Architecture Effects exhibition is on view through April 28, 2019.
H. Stoll AG & Co. KG is an internationally operating manufacturer of flatbed knitting machines based in Reutlingen, Germany.