David Cole's The Knitting Machine: Twenty-foot knitting needles, plied by 2 excavators, knitting an American flag? A display of knitting needles that might have been army-issue combat equipment in conflicts from the Civil War through the Persian Gulf War? Hmmm, this is a museum display I'd love to see. It's at the MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA starting June 30.
Here's an excerpt about The Knitting Machine from the story I read:
"The Knitting Machine combines the feminized domestic American tradition of knitting with the grandiose gesture of construction usually associated with masculine labor. The Knitting Machine challenges familiar notions of labor and production, while expressing a complex understanding of patriotism."
And an excerpt about the display of hypothetical army-issue knitting needles:
"In Evolution of the Knitting Needle Through Modern Warfare -- which Cole describes as “hypothetical anthropology” -- each set of needles references a specific war in American history. The piece contrasts a basic form of production, knitting, with the progress of technology made through war. It is a study of the relationship between technology and violence."
You can read the entire story here.
I have no idea what "MASS MoCA" stands for, but maybe someone can enlighten me; I certainly couldn't find it anywhere on their website. If anyone in Massachusetts gets to see this installation at MASS MoCA, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
You can also visit David Cole's website for The Knitting Machine, which is where I got this picture of a show poster from when The Knitting Machine was in Providence: