Setting out from the conventional understanding of museum limitations to the movement of the public within the exhibition grounds, the work inverts this situation and creates an invisible space within the space. Through the use of surveillance cameras sensitive to movement, the work marks out an invisible border that activates an alarm when crossed. Instead of setting off the alarm when the visitor moves too close to the wall, as is the custom in exhibition spaces to keep a distance between the public and the artworks, it does the opposite here, only allowing movement within one metre from the wall into the space. Hence, it prevents the visitor from moving freely and thus experiencing the empty space.
Year: 2004 Materials: Video cameras, computer, TV monitor, alarm signal Dimensions variable
Jeppe Hein - Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear (2007)
“OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR” shines behind a two-way mirror, merging the text with images of the visitors and the surrounding space. The text references the warning sometimes found on car side-view mirrors, alerting the viewer to the optical illusion of the altered field of view. The oversized scale of the phrase juxtaposed with the two-way mirror dares the viewer to take a closer look at what he or she sees, and to question the implications of the text in the apparent closeness of the reflected objects.
Walking through the exhibition, the visitor might come to notice a small black spot on the wall amidst the other installed works. Closing in on the wall, the spot proves to be a small hole in it. At closer investigation – as curiosity will have it – a small breeze of air can be sensed coming out of the hole.