9.10.2022 — 11.10.2022

A collaborative installation by Anke Loh

Anke Loh’s installations in the windows of Facility are the culmination of three collaborative and interconnected projects.

The first project, TOUCH (AND STAYING IN TOUCH) speaks to the intersection of art, technology and craft. Reflecting Loh’s multi-disciplinary approach to her work, it is the result of a collaboration with scientists at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Together they created interactive embroideries on tablecloths that are placed on custom tables made with repurposed legs and tops. When touched, the sensory embroidery triggers soundscapes created in collaboration with Christine Shallenberg. The sounds reflect a longing for connection, touch and memory during the Covid pandemic. Assembled from field recordings of nature and urban spaces, the varied soundscapes also contain string/percussion instruments and spoken words.

The second project, INTERKNIT, is a collection of experimental knitwear created around the female form. Conceived during Loh’s residencies at the Textiellab in Tilburg, the Netherlands, these designs serve as a second skin informed by the stories of diverse women – their hopes, challenges, triumphs and anxieties. Part of Loh’s ongoing research of the female form and its place in culture, arts, and history, the knit pieces on display include abstracted sweaters, cardigans, scarves and vests.

RE-WIRED, Loh’s third installation, is inspired by the moving and powerful expressions of solidarity that emerged as chalky sidewalk slogans and impassioned murals throughout Chicago in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information please read here.