A Theory of Entanglement

This piece requires two people to pedal together at different speeds on wooden bicycles, while others sit on a sofa in the café. Only when the right combination of actions take place will it result in the slow crocheting of a giant knot from the knitting drum overhead. Over tåhe course of the exhibition visitors' actions will cause the knot to grow longer and gradually descend towards the floor.

Parts of A Theory of Entanglement have been provocatively labelled 'Labor' for the bike riders, 'Capital' for those sitting in the café and 'Craft' for the knitting itself. In this installation both labor and capital are required for the craft to unfold. Bernie has taken these words and modified the community notice board in the Café at FACT to invite visitors to post items under one of these categories.

A Theory of Entanglement references the modernist era and bears visual resemblance to artist Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass (1915-1923), a connection the artist made at the time of designing the work. Through it's mechanical complexity and the actions required to make it work, the piece also references the age of industrialisation. In the immediate vicinity of FACT, the Ropewalks area was used for the production of rope, similar to the final product of A Theory of Entanglement.


In the title, 'entanglement' alludes to an aspect of quantum physics whereby particles such as electrons, which share common histories, will always act in synchrony even if they are later separated and have no means of communication.

The artist hopes that visitors' shared experience working this 'theory of entanglement' will help to form such bonds.