media installation

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60cm x 50cm x 100cm (interior)
1:00min running time (triggered by door mechanism)
wood, plywood, MDF, cardboard, paper, paint, sound, light, motors, magnet switch, analog control units, speaker, CD
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“BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR” was created for the 2009 edition of the Echigo Tsumari Triennial in a rural region of central Japan. A former elementary school in a small mountain village served as an exhibition space. These cheerless surroundings, still reminiscent of boring everyday school life, would now provide the backdrop for an art extravaganza aimed at an urban audience, travelling to this remote community with high expectations.

Borrowing from Lewis Caroll's “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”, I inserted a fake wall with a tiny green door into a nondescript passage way. There are no instructions for the puzzled visitor on how to deal with the situation. He can either walk away, or kneel down in order to satisfy his curiosity. When he opens the door, which is obviously too small for him to fit through, the miniature theatre on the inside is powered on. An impatient voice quizzes the viewer about his motivations to visit the exhibition, warns him that the fantastic scenery is not real and finally advises him to shut the door and go home.

The soundtrack for the installation was composed on remaining instruments from the school's music department, a broken 1970s synthesizer and an old glockenspiel.