Mar 18 to Jun 03, 2023
10:00 to 4:30 pm GMT
3 slip, The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Main Gate Rd, Chatham ME4 4TZ (map)

For more than a decade Numen/For Use have been exploring cocoon-like tape structures based on self-forming, emergent construction processes, similar to those taking place in the natural world. These structures are inherently biomorphic, formally both clean and messy, easily switching between systems of lines and nets to form two-dimensional skins, spatial organs and biomorphic architecture.

In partnership with The Historic Dockyard Chatham and supported by Arts Council England, Numen/For Use transformed the immense No.3 Covered Slip at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the largest wide span timber structure in Europe when it was built in 1838.

Tape was built together with volunteers with the community, transforming one of the most iconic and important architecture in Chatham, Medway. Tape will connect old and new, forming one organic architecture.

About Numen/For Use

Numen/For Use is an award winning collective working in the fields of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design. The group first formed in 1998. as a collaborative effort of industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković under the banner For Use. In 1999. they establish Numen as a collective identity covering all projects actualised outside the sphere of industrial design. The group's early enterprises are characterised by experiments with impersonal design and radical formal reduction, deeply rooted in the tradition of high modernism and mainly applied to various synergetic total-design projects in Croatia. From 2004 onwards, after setting up a large scale site-specific project for the production of “Inferno” in the National Centre for Drama in Madrid, Numen/ For Use became intensely involved with scenography. Further realisations in theatres across Europe ensue. Since 2008, the collective has turned its focus towards configuring objects and concepts without a predefined function, an activity resulting in the more hybrid and experimental works such as the N-Light series and Tape Installation. Parallel to these publicly exposed ventures, the group wins several international awards for their accomplishments in the field of industrial and set design.

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NOTE: Please check the venue website for opening hours as some dates maybe closed due to their other projects taking on site. Further questions get in touch at [email protected]
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