Human & Space

Interactive installation · 2016

Human and space are lawful.
Whose law is to apply?

Oskar Schlemmer

Space is perceived as such only through the experience of human. There is no hierarchy. Both condition each other. Human cannot be without space and space is not without human.

They always exist side by side and yet they are so different.

The human being, the living, the organic, the sensual, the animate, finds itself again in the space, the inanimate, the static, the physical, the cubic.

This dualism of human and space is to be broken up: The innermost of human is transferred to space, and space in turn is perceived by human. A cycle carried through time.

Room installation

The room is cubic and movable. The upper and lower edges of the room are defined by white rubber bands, the walls by white wool cords. The floor is the existing floor of the exhibition space. The ceiling remains open, black. The room is illuminated by UV light placed in the center of the ceiling of the room.

The recipient's heartbeat is measured by a pulse meter on her forearm. This image of the heartbeat is transmitted to an Arduino. This controls motors, which in turn set the rubber bands in motion in sync with the heartbeat. The room simulates the recipient's heart.

The recipient stands in an image of her heart. She stands in her innermost being.

Structure of the room

The cubic framework is made of wood. The size of the scaffold is 4 × 4 × 3 meters. It is suspended with molleton, so it is not visible.

A motor is attached to each upper corner. Two fishing lines are attached to each of the motors via a spool.

One fishing line is connected to the upper rubber cord. The other fishing line leads down, is deflected by a pulley and is connected to the lower rubber cord. A counterweight is attached to the other ends of the fishing lines. Thus, the rubber ropes have a basic tension.

Between the two rubber ropes, white wool cords are stretched at a distance of about three centimeters. The rubber cords and the wool cords create a 3 × 3 × 3 meter moving space.

On one side, the distances between the wool cords are larger. This marks the entrance/exit.

On the ceiling, in the center of the room is a UV lamp. The ceiling is covered with molleton. Only the rubber ropes and wool cords are visible through the UV light.

How it works

The heart rate monitor has two LEDs that shine on the wearer's skin. The reflection of the light changes depending on the blood flowing through and is measured by a sensor. From this, the pulse and from this, in turn, the heartbeat can be derived. The heart rate monitor sends the beats per minute (BPM) via Bluetooth as soon as it detects them. It then sends every other detected pulse beat - if the wearer of the heart rate monitor moves a lot, the pulse beat can be determined less well.

With each pulse beat, a signal is transmitted from the computer to the Arduino. With each signal, the Arduino in turn sends 1400 step signals to four stepper motor drivers within 200 milliseconds.

These in turn interpolate the step signals, control the current and ensure that the four motors rotate by about 130 degrees within the 200 milliseconds. The motors can be heard clearly during this process. The Arduino then ensures that there is no more voltage on the motors. The mechanical tension of the rubber cables causes the motors to rotate again by about 130 degrees in the opposite direction.

This process is repeated until the recipient leaves the room, takes off the heart rate monitor or presses the button on the heart rate monitor.


Everything starts from the ego.

The sensory organs of human collect information, these are interpreted. Human creates an image of his environment. His environment is his mirror and therefore also an image of himself. That is what remains for us: an image.

Our body, shall we not say it has a soul?

Apparently we do.

But from where, O dear Protarchus, should he have received it, if the whole body were not also animated, having the same as he, and still in every respect more excellent?

Definition human

The human being is multifaceted. What it means to be human is - fortunately for us - a question that can never be answered. What is necessary for the present work is to consider what constitutes human, what makes him unique: his thoughts, his feelings, the psyche, the mind, the consciousness, the soul. Underneath that lies the organic, the body, the organism. This separation works only until the brain is considered.

In the brain, body and mind, body and soul are mixed.

Body and soul cannot be separated. However, the origin, the innermost of the human being remains in the organic.

Definition of Space

Space can be described physically: Three-dimensional: width, depth, height. In it matter and fields. By the fourth, indispensable dimension, the time, the space becomes the place of physical processes. The science says, space and time are relative to each other.

The cultural space is at least etymologically related to the physical space, which has found herewith also its mention and is to be included also as a symbol, as a way of looking at the work.

But just as the average of two lines, on one side of a point, after passing through the infinite, suddenly reappears on the other side, or the image of the concave mirror, after it has moved away into the infinite, suddenly appears again close before us: so also, when knowledge has passed, as it were, through an infinite, grace reappears; so that it appears, at the same time, purest in that human physique which has either no consciousness at all, or an infinite consciousness.

On the Marionette Theater.
Heinrich von Kleist

Infinite reflection

Grace is only in none or in infinite consciousness, says Kleist. My bachelor thesis is an attempt to approach the infinite consciousness.

Every day we meet other people who are a mirror to us, by what they say or just by a gesture, a look. The self passes through the other person. It is perceived and interpreted by him filtered. This in turn is expressed in speech or gestures. The mirror in which we look at ourselves is therefore clouded by the interpretation.

In my work is only the person and the room, nothing else. The room serves as a mirror of the human being. The room reflects the innermost of human. This is the ideal I strive for.

The space should be as far as possible unshaped. The black is nothingness, emptiness; the white is being, space. The boundary of the space should be tangible matter. The space should reproduce the beating of the heart 1:1.