Inga Knölke

Intertwingled. The Role of the Rug in the Arts, Crafts and Design. La Galleria Nazionale di Roma, 2022

Intertwingled is the second exhibition in a trilogy. The first one was On Flower Power (2019), which took the vase as a reference to develop the concept of artificial intelligence and its inability to develop empathy. The second, Intertwingled, takes the carpet as a metaphor and deals with the concept of the network and its interface as a possibility to visualize its own complexity. The third exhibition will be about food as the last real object.

Intertwingled, which comes from the combination of interconnected and intertwined, is a term coined by Ted Nelson in 1964 and used to describe hypertext. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language that is the basis of the World Wide Web and allows words and text to be connected to each other on networked computers. The Hypertext that became popular in 1990 created the basis of how information is now exchanged.

The concept was already in mind as the pandemic began and as a result seems to have morphed into a memorial or reflection on "global terms". Unfortunately, we are now as well confronted with the abysmal nature of an autocracy and its brutality.

What is being told? An endless story is told about the individual and the connected. The leaps in time and style of the exhibited works show the openness in their selection and perhaps also the application of experimental methods of research. Different aesthetic languages and the diversity of the themes they deal with are brought together.

A network is being expanded. Each work contains a net, as knots and lines are the basic elements of a carpet. The exhibition tries to show a network, a subjective statement, a point of view and paths through the works, which are to be understood as suggestions, as windows. Byung-Chul Han calls it "windowing" and also points out that "the wonderful thing is that in hyperculture there is no such thing as the completely foreign".

In the 2015 book The Mushroom at the End of the World, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing calls for the inclusion of the unforeseen in planning the future. In her terminology, this is a rejection of scalability as a method, that above all others starts from what exists and projects it into the future. Indeterminacies, she concludes, are not dead ends, but crossroads.

Inga Knölke, 2022