12 February 2010

Jeppe Hein- OFFICIAL Jury Comments

Boyd: “Lots of mirrors, smoke smells good from the chair, lots of smoke. Loved the speech.”

Anton: “The chair is wicked.”

Jasmine: “Water fountain, got wet and also cool. The maze was cool with all the mirrors. A chair when you sit on it smokes on you, then you cough. A glass fishbowl has a feather in it and it floats. There's a light with red and green and it lights up the whole room. Might get ‘Most Artistic.’”

Courtney: “I like the smoke chair. I also liked the feather and the coloured light. I also really liked the water because it was cool.”

Harshi: “Double Neon Green was very good because it kept changing colours to red. Smoke Bench was very smokey, it always gets into your mouth and it smells so weird. There are sensors in the corners. Spiral Mirrors- the spiral mirrors were really cool because there were lots of mirrors... It was organized very well.”

Playing in Appearing Rooms after!

Almost Nothing

The Smoking Chair
Spiral Labyrinth1

Before entering the gallery, the Jury were given a special talk from PICA's Curator, Leigh Robb

Playing in Appearing Rooms before...

Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms

Appearing Rooms

Jeppe Hein (Denmark)

Thursday 11 February 2010

Like many site-specific, social-practice sculptural installations, Appearing Rooms invites audience members to enter, participate, and engage directly with it and each other. Water jets shoot up and create four distinct square rooms made up of 12 water walls, which appear and disappear creating a constantly changing environment in which to move. Held in a room at times like a jail cell, the walls suddenly collapse allowing escape and entry into another room, where the same cycle but different relationships begin and end. The interaction between participants is what is most interesting; some are left behind, teased, caught in between, tormented by the wait for a wall to drop, inspired to jump over walls as they emerge, or successfully dodge parents who are unwilling to get themselves wet.

Who doesn’t want to play in a fountain? Hands down, a soaking wet Jury is a happy Jury.

Hein’s Smoking Bench also deserves special mention.