American Textile History Museum, Lowell on Flickr.American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

American Textile History Museum, Lowell on Flickr.

American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

American Textile History Museum, Lowell on Flickr.American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

American Textile History Museum, Lowell on Flickr.

American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

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NCAA invite you to Cure Empty Net Syndrome!

Brought to participants via traveling workshops, pick up games and internet cataloguing, the NCAA is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning. The collective assembles hand-made basketball nets for abandoned hoops, usually via knit and crochet, to build proactive inclusive relationships between artists, athletes, and neighbors. Here the form and function of the “street” and the “domestic” collide in hand-made tactical aesthetics that express dissidence and generate new approaches to public space.

Basketball has slowly evolved since 1891, when James Naismith posed a recycled peach basket as the first hoop for his students in Springfield, MA. Woven nets emerged several years later, introducing a new dimension for movement and audio-kinetic satisfaction. Inspired by the many ways nets benefit the game, NCAA Net Works proceeds by a mapping process and a form of DIY slow production that utilize creative problem solving in under-maintained urban spaces. The project draws attention to the expressive potential of these spaces while challenging commercially driven professional athletic institutions.

We encourage you to initiate Net Works in your city or participate by uploading images of lacking courts that you see around town. Click the map below to contribute!

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