The Fates Are Talking

The Fates Are Talking

28.02.2021 - 04.04.2021

Whitehouse Gallery & Project Space, BE
& Espace Nina Keel, St.Gallen, CH

For the project The Fates Are Talking my aim was to address the textile history of eastern Switzerland through working with embroidery and text. The Fates Are Talking is a contemporary dialogue between the Greek mythological goddesses who assign destinies to us at birth. Clotho spins the thread; Lachesis measures it and Atropos cuts it. The dialogue is embroidered onto a see-through fabric piece of five meters long. The conversation reads as a critical examination of today’s global textile industry, where production quantities are high or for questionable clients but it also involves some personal stories and memories in relation to care. The giant piece was created with an embroidery machine that normally operates at high speeds with 168 needles. I decided to use only one needle, giving the work a much more individual, patient touch. The font of the text was especially designed in collaboration with Fraser Muggeridge Studio London.
At the end of the dialogue, Atropos transforms into CARE and asks for “more modesty, humility, honesty and humanity!”

Download text The Fates Are Talking here.

Online -Talk with Stéphanie Baechler & Fanni Fetzer, Director Museum of Art Lucerne

Watch TaDA Spinnerei Presentation result from the residency (5:22​ Stéphanie Baechler) 4th December 2020, livestream
Report of the TaDA resiDency, read more here

Pictures by Ladina Bischof and me. Project space - Whitehouse Gallery, Picture by Hugard & Vanoverschelde

Image - Embroidery, Clotho holding a punched card with 12’500 stitches

Embroidery, Clotho holding a punched card with 12’500 stitches

Audio File Text The Fates Are Talking (Selina Reiterer(Clotho), Anja Toble(Lachesis), Stéphanie Baechler (Atropos). 24.10.2021

Image - Installation view

Installation view

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Image - Installation view, Textile Embroidery, Size: 150 x 500 cm

Installation view, Textile Embroidery, Size: 150 x 500 cm

Image - Installation view, Textile Embroidery,  Size: 150 x 500 cm

Installation view, Textile Embroidery, Size: 150 x 500 cm

Lachesis: “You better spin an algorithm, people are starring at the screen anyway now.”

Image - Speechbubble, alumnium, embroidery, Size: 83 x 55 x1,5 cm

Speechbubble, alumnium, embroidery, Size: 83 x 55 x1,5 cm

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Atropos transforms into CARE and start to scream: “We need more modesty, humility, honesty and humanity!”

Image - Speechbubbles: Alumnium frames with embroidered text

Speechbubbles: Alumnium frames with embroidered text

Image - Speechbubbles: Alumnium frames with embroidered text

Speechbubbles: Alumnium frames with embroidered text

Image - Clotho: I can spin a filament 10 times thiner than a hair.

Clotho: I can spin a filament 10 times thiner than a hair.

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The Fates Are Talking

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Image - Changing Bobine thread

Changing Bobine thread

“The machines are so loud, aren’t they going too fast? We are going to lose precision.” Or: “But we have to make the carpet for the Saudi Prince and continue weaving history.”

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Image - Changing ‘Schiffli’ (Backthread)

Changing ‘Schiffli’ (Backthread)

Image - I was punching the text myself and deciding about each stitch length - movement of the needle

I was punching the text myself and deciding about each stitch length - movement of the needle

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Testing threads, needles, tension, speed…

Testing threads, needles, tension, speed…

Image - Leporello with Dialogue, Risograph, A3 Folded

Leporello with Dialogue, Risograph, A3 Folded

Image - Leporello with Dialogue, Risograph, A3 Folded

Leporello with Dialogue, Risograph, A3 Folded

Image - Making off Speechbubbles

Making off Speechbubbles

Image - aluminium cast

aluminium cast