Lumen (light, lamp) means (beside the light current) the “inside”, the interior space of blood vessels, organs, cell bodies. It describes a vastness of space (“room of light”), surrounded by a room outside.

 

The installation deals with the intermixture, influence and dependency on living spaces (habitats). The empty, dark room is point of departure for the installation. It embodies the dark state of “nothingness” of the BEGINNING that does not yet enable an “existence” as a habitat. Approximately 400 floor lights in all kind of sizes and variations fill up this emptiness and form the content, act as functionaries and are starting point for the association. Estranged, out of place and in its multitude taken out of the familiar context, its purpose starts changing and expanding during the observation. The breaking of this context creates tension and a sort of irritation by mixing associations and expectations.

This allows stepping out of the ordinary. The layout of the lamps evokes the image of an abandoned vegetation. A little forest, an accumulation of trees and bushes, the reproduction of a natural living space (habitat) with deliberately positioned tracks into it and through it. The overall impression of the installation is completed by the light cycle of 150 illuminated lamps which by accident are spread among 250 unlighted lamps. Wherever light serves in a natural habitat (living space) as a source, impulse and escape of the NOTHINGNESS, the emptiness, will experience a reversal in this installation. The associated forest – a living space depending on light - will itself become an emitting source of light enabling life. Actually a utopian idea, the wishful thinking/dream of the ideal solution. An artificial, self-sustaining organism that disengages from its own dependency. Soundtracks and noises will add additional images, harmonious with the light cycle, but contrarily they act as “disruptive factors” resulting in associations. Over the time it will lead to an ultimate intermixture, respectively a decoupling of naturally and artificially created human living spaces (habitats). The cycle of the light- and soundtrack - being the fundamental marker- forms the basis for influencing factors. The visitors, exploring the artificial forest, will be captured at various places via sensors and their movements will be directly transmitted to the lamps. When entering the installation the visitors will release themselves from their passivity of spectators and an “OUTSIDE” as well as an “INSIDE” will be created. As soon as they move into the system - the forest of lamps - they will become a part of the installation. On the basis of their activities and actions they will influence the system.