Knitting used to imply a romantic image.
With the act of knitting we followed our natural instincts, making warm and comfortable things for those we love. Industrialization, knitting machines, increasing wool price and feminist attitudes worked together to push knitting into an unrespectable hobby. Can we bring back the romantic image into machine knitting?
Hugging is a form of physical intimacy. It indicates familiarity, love or friendship, a romantic exchange, like knitting for someone. The interactive knitting installation “Made with Love” encourages the visitors to hug the person next to him to let the knitting mill knit.
The Installation was shown during the ARS Electronica Festival 2012 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
Production: Veronika Krenn, 2012