The Human Knot, 2003

Materials: Video

Exhibition History:
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2003-04)
Dimensions: 12' x 8' projection


Amy Franceschini w/Stijn Schiffeleer, Jeff den Broeder, Chad Growchoski, Headlands Center for the Arts.

One month after the United States invaded Iraq, Futurefarmers put out a public call for people to come to the Marin Headlands to join in a Human Knot.
A human knot starts out with a group of people holding hands in a big circle. People are then asked to get tangled and twisted up without letting go of each others hands. This creates a giant knot of humans wriggling around try to get undone. It becomes quite uncomfortable and demands focus, cooperation and organization. This knot took almost 33 minutes to untie, but through a peaceful cooperation of all participants, the knot resumed to a circle of people joined by the hands.

**Over 300 people RSVP'd to this call, but due to the limits of the National Park Service at the Headlands, we were asked to keep our gathering to a minimum and had to turn away 265 people. Thank you to those who did come!

Lunchbox Lab
Photosynthesis Robot
Rainwater Greywater System
Garden Trike
Pogostick Shovel
Seed Library
DIY Algal Hydrogen Bioreactor
Homeland Security Blanket
Botanical Gameboy
Sundial Watches
Solar Music Boxes
Board Game

Public Projects
F.R.U.I.T. Network
Bingo: Field of Thoughts
Lofoten Game of the Future
Fingerprint Maze
Neighborhood Acts
Holding Patterns
The Human Knot

Amy Franceschini
Michael Swaine
Rich Humphrey
Albert Coleman
Sebastian Stjfl
Stijn Schiffeleers
Futurefarmers: Culivating Consciousness since 1995