Textilwerk Bocholt


TextilWerk Bocholt, a textile plant in Bocholt, is located in the heart of a new cultural quarter. In a lively textile region, the museum brings to life the living and working worlds of entrepreneurs and working families since the time of high industrialization. With daily demonstrations on historic looms and automatic looms in a distinctive spinning mill and in the Weberei (weaving mill), visitors can experience the changes in production and working conditions over the course of a century with all their senses.



Futur III | 05.03.2022 - 12.03.2022

ATELIER E. (Daniel Dalfovo & Christian Losert) are developing an expansive light and sound installation for the Kardensaal (carding room) of TextilWerk: phosphorescent woven threads are transformed by laser beams into a score of light and darkness. With the punch card as the control element of the loom, the audio-visual installation LOOM spans the development process of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, which are increasingly changing our understanding of automation and work.

Punch cards were the forerunners of digital data storage systems and, with their binary nature, paved the way for our modern computers. The reduction of information to a series of two possible states thus became the technological leitmotif of the 21st century.

At TextilWerk Bocholt, LOOM uses computer systems to question the changing role of humans as a result of advancing automation. How will our working lives change when technologies in the form of artificial intelligence increasingly take over tasks that were previously performed by humans?

Tristan Schulze


Futur II | 05.03.2022

In his work LUCID, Tristan Schulze explores how creative design interactions between humans and machines could look in the future. An apparatus with artificial intelligence generates weaving patterns in creative processes and invites visitors to help design them. One’s own creative process links up with that of the machine and leaves traces in its code. However, the relationship remains ambivalent - after all, every interaction trains the artificial intelligence further and thus reinforces its autonomy.

Machine learning is an important part of many industrial automation processes and is increasingly changing our concept of work. Against this backdrop, Tristan Schulze is concerned not only with the question of what we will regard as work in the future, but above all with considerations of how we will work.

As a basis for new weaving patterns, LUCID draws from the extensive pattern archive of TextilWerk Bocholt, which reflects the textile history of the 20th century. This archive will be made accessible to young designers in the next few years and will thus also become a source of inspiration for new patterns.


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