Seeing how others are looking

The viewers often don’t want to interrupt each other’s view. Which creates a funny situation when there is not that much to see, when it is mostly a work that can be ‘viewed’ with your eyes closed.

Imagine this container. When you walk around, you see one container among many others. The outside looks very generic or normal. It is what it is. Until you come closer and notice the movements it makes and the low vibrating noise that comes out of it. The door is slightly cracked open. You look in and see a dangling light. Either you step in or you don’t. That’s completely up to you, but as soon as you see other people going in or out, with a smile or a frown, you want to see it too.

The viewer steps inside a world, which is composed to create a certain input. How the input is perceived is not part of me, it’s part of the viewer. Some run outside because they can’t stand the atmosphere and others close the door because they want the experience to be as intense as possible. And then you have the kids who come back for another ride as if they are on a fair.

Inside I find it a joy to see how people react to each other. Mostly they assume a similar position to the ones that were there first. If there is one leaning against the wall, others will join. If one sits down, others will.

To document the work the outside gives a better view of what is happening even though the experience is happening on the inside. Most people make photos of the outside. The thing works better as an anecdote then a video.

Zoro Feigl