Het Nieuwe Instituut







Interwoven – Exercises in rootsystem domestication

Diana Scherer works with wheat, and specifically this crop’s fast-growing root system. By growing the wheat on a subterranean template, she can manipulate the root system to create ‘woven’ patterns. The form of the textile-like material she cultivates is dictated by a 3D-printed template. Seed, soil and water are the only necessary ingredients for the process. When the roots have grown into the desired pattern, Scherer harvests the crop. She cuts the wheat down and dries the root structure. The photographs she takes of the resulting textiles are an integral part of her working process, but she also preserves the actual materials.


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