(developed for Lichtenberg-Prize, shown at Havanna Biennale
2003 - and 2004 at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (with mirrors), 2005/6
Lightart from Artificial Light ZKM Karlsruhe and 2015 Curitiba Biennial,
The walk-through installation "Identity Analysis"
is an abstraction of the human DNA code consisting of four thousand test
tubes filled with fluorescein solution. This installation, which presents
the artist as a readable code, can be regarded as a metaphor of the architecture
of human beings. The genetic structure of the artist was transformed into
a transparent, fragile, walk-through sense space which incorporates visual,
acoustic, haptic and dynamic elements.
Fluorescein, which is used both in science and in medical
research, glows when irradiated with ultraviolet light, giving out a mysterious,
almost unreal, green light. The actual genetic code of the artist is contained
in the petri dishes on the floor - like the bar-codes used to identify
and control goods.
On entering this spiral-shaped coded space, the visitors
feel themselves transported into an alien environment of translucent laboratory-like
elements. They can pass their hands over the suspended glass surfaces
and if several visitors touch different areas simultaneously, the installation
can be experienced acoustically as a spatial composition of vibrating,
ringing glass sounds.
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