ATELIER IEF SPINCEMAILLE
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I am Rope. I am a rope.
I am 60 m long and 28 cm thick.
I weigh 196 kg.
They made me absurdly big, bigger than all the other ropes. I just don’t know what to do with myself.
I am traveling to find new meaning and function again.
Do something with me.
Rope is a handmade rope of 60m long and 28cm thick. It weighs 196 kg. Rope is too big to be used as a rope. Nevertheless, 'use' is its purpose. Spincemaille travels around with Rope and tries to embed it temporarily in places and local communities. Although Rope always remains an impenetrable and elusive part of reality, its mere presence makes the world visible in a new way.
During these trips Rope writes a journal. The journals can be consulted on www.rope.blue/journal.
Rope is part of a series of works of art that Spincemaille calls social sculptures (bis): disproportionate objects without an autonomous value, which by being temporarily embedded in a social context give both themselves and their surroundings a new charge and meaning.
In addition to Rope, Atelier Ief Spincemaille also creates hand-woven Ropes of 12 and 6 meters, in different colors and materials. These can be used both indoors and outdoors. On Rope you can sit, hang and lie. Children can play on it (endlessly!) and you can create different shapes and sculptures with it. Ropes are simple, movable social spaces: 30 people can sit on a 12-metre rope. Give this open design object a fixed place as a seat or lounge, but also let it roam freely in your city, house or organization. And... in your imagination. Rope’s message is clear: “Do something with me!”
Find out more on Rope at
Concept & Realization: Ief Spincemaille
Technical Assistance: Bout De Beul
Textile Research: Leila Boukhalfa, Charlotte Stuby, Jan Duerinck - Graphic Design Flyer: Eva Moullaert, with many thanks to Guido Devadder
Images: Do Won (Serena) Lee and Vincent Noir.
Funded by the Flemish authorities, atelier Ief Spincemaille and N.O.W. The first performance of Rope in Firenze was commissioned by N.O.W [New Open Working Process for the Performing Arts] with the support of Extrapole, Fabbrica Europa, Indisciplinarte, Latitudes Contemporaines, Lókal, Mom/El Vivero, Trafó and wpZimmer. Co-funded by the Creative European Program of the European Union.