Distance is an interactive work by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein (b. 1974). As you enter the exhibition room, your presence is registered by a sensor and a ball is set in motion. The ball rolls along at different speeds, through several hundred meters of loops, elevators, spirals and free-fall sequences. Follow your own personal ball through the labyrinthine journey that transforms the exhibition space into a movable, dynamic structure.
Jeppe Hein challenges us to use all our faculties, not only in experiencing his kinetic installations, but in meeting our fellow human beings. Dialogue, laughter and social encounter are some of the main ingredients in Hein’s work of art, which lies at the interface between art, architecture and technology.
As a site-specific installation, Distance is built especially for the space where it is shown. The work has been borrowed from ARoS in Århus, Denmark, and its presentation at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum has come about through collaboration with ARoS and Jeppe Hein’s studio.
Images: Jeppe Hein, Distance, 2004, elektric motor, PVC-balls, sensors, technical apparatus. Photo: Marc Domage.
Courtesy KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, 303 GALLERY, New York, GALLERI NICOLAI WALLNER, Copenhagen and AROS, Aarhus.