Distance by Jeppe Hein will completely reconfigure Konschthal Esch over several floors. The monumental installation makes a spectacular contribution to the exploration of the architectural and scenographic possibilities of the former furniture store. The work is a site-specific installation that relates directly to the architectural configuration of the exhibition space. Its modular construction with steel rails makes it adaptable to different spatial conditions, and it is mounted in such a way that it runs through the entire building or exhibition space. Thus, the work takes on different forms depending on the spatial conditions of the exhibition space.
Distance invites viewers of all ages to explore the newly created Konschthal. The playful aspect of the installation contributes to the identity formation of the new cultural institution in Esch, as it aims to provide a democratic and barrier-free access to the art of today. When a visitor enters the space, a sensor reacts and releases a sphere that starts moving and running through loops, sharp turns and other dynamic sections on the 800-meter circuit. At first, visitors follow the white plastic sphere as it moves, but as multiple visitors release a new sphere every 15 seconds, they soon lose track of their own sphere and begin to experience the entire architecture as a moving and dynamic structure. The mechanical aspect of this work is reminiscent of Esch's industrial era, an age of machines that is now over.
A social bench by Jeppe Hein will also be exhibited and be occupied by the public on the forecourt of the Konschthal. This work is an integral part of the public space sculpture exhibition in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, taking place from 16 June to 11 October 2022.
- Type Past exhibition
- Artist(s) Jeppe Hein
- Location Floor 00, Floor 01
JEPPE HEIN PORTRAIT 2022 PHOTO BY JAN STREMPEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Copenhagen) is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Notable in their formal simplicity and frequent use of humor, his sculptures and installations engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalism and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Hein's works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the center of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space.