Collectively woven tapestries and video exhibited at Bärenzwinger, Berlin (May to December 2021)

Co-weaving is a collaborative research initiated by Claudia Hill along with fellow artists Shannon Cooney, Shelley Etkin, Samuel Draper, Jared Gradinger, and guests to engage with a 125-year-old tapestry loom around the act of weaving. Documented by filmmaker Heidrun Holzfeind throughout this process, the foundation is laid for a series of carpets that follow the same abstract map: a guide to weaving itself with additional help to navigate fundamental questions such as how we want to live and work.

Hill understands the loom as a social sculpture, a greenhouse for thinking and being together, a physical means of communication. Conversations held while weaving in tandem and texts read aloud, along with site-specific materials, flow into the fabric as their intricate immaterial components.

Cover photo of What's The Matter

What's The Matter
Textile, Plants, Metal, Acrylic Paint, Cotton
Two Panels, 220 cm × 100 cm

Cover photo of Where the Sea Goes to Rest

Where the Sea Goes to Rest
Textile, Plants, Acrylic Paint, Leather, Cable, Glass, Shell, Cotton
Two Panels, 250 cm × 80 cm

Cover photo of Co-Weaving

HD Video, 24fps
18 minutes, 3 seconds

Supported by the National Performance Network – Stepping Out, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative Neustart Kultur, and by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

Thank you Kirsty Bell, Sandra Blatterer, Leda Bourgogne, Laura Burns, Ricardo Carmona, Dorit Chrysler, Ephra, Franziska Dieterich, Diane Esnault, Elaina Ganim, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, Anne Kersting, Tony Just, Nudie Jeans, Emilia Patrignani, Olga Ramirez Oferil, Oscar Rohleder, Stefan Rusconi, Adam Seid Tahir, Sol Thomanek Tollman, Elise Urban,

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