Sabine Kacunko: HERITAGE CARPET

THE BASIC CONCEPT (tapestry and VR installation, 2021)
Material and color as well as content and form are released from the familiar contexts and set in new and exciting interrelationships: The optical and haptic nodes emerge, which invite you to linger but also to pause. The paradigm of knotting – connecting the threads into a harmonious whole – thus becomes the art of linking and this in turn becomes the art of carpet. HERITAGE CARPET creates the connection between knotting (and weaving) according to the latest technical standards with the oldest models – the bacteria. The artist and designer Sabine Kacunko also links weaving and carpet art to forms of knowledge or cognition that are apparently completely independent of craftsmanship: analogous to digital hypertext – the dynamic and network-like linking structure of the Internet – so the artist must and must have hyper-image that has become a carpet should not be “read” linearly – it searches for and even finds its origin in textile archetypes. HERITAGE CARPET draws its inspiration in this double sense – from the natural heritage of bacteria and from the cultural heritage of knotting and weaving – and becomes plastic that both implies domesticity and is at home in public spaces.

In HERITAGE CARPET, a commodity becomes a wondrous and constantly fascinating natural art object, which is created along the interface between art and technology, biology and history, but which also opens up when you look at it and walk through it personally, as well as touch and feel. Natural carpets become art carpets and vice versa, as a timeless masterpiece, they testify to transience and invite you to linger. Its solid and closed surface structure conveys a feeling of security, its soft or interwoven shape patterns tell of the shared heritage we stand on. HERITAGE CARPET conveys robustness, flexibility and longevity, but it also tells of the fineness and balance of the materiality of the coexisting microorganisms, which consists of countless interlocking elements and which only in this totality of fascinating shapes, colors and effects today’s ecological structures, sustainability concepts and forming togetherness can do justice. HERITAGE CARPET also springs from the artistic vision of a world in which living beings co-produce a peaceful and just coexistence with their environment.