360° Illusion III

Installed above visitors’ heads, two rectangular mirrors intersect at a right angle and rotate slowly around a central axis. The gradual movement provides the viewer with alternating perspectives of the space as they are constantly juxtaposed within the mirrored surfaces. The right angle causes a duplicate reflection, as both mirrors reflect not only the space but also each other, creating the disorienting effect that the spectators and objects are rotating along with the mirrors. Although the viewers remain standing, their reflections gradually turn from upside-down to rightside-up. This illusion induces not only a vague feeling of dizziness but also a latent distrust of one’s own eyes and spatial perception.

Year: 2007
Materials: steel substructure, aluminium frame, mirror foil, gear motor
Dimensions: 200 x 735 x 400 cm, each mirror 200 x 500 cm

Illusion, Sculpture Centre New York, USA, 2007
Sense City, ARoS Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK, 2009
YOU, Johann König at St. Agnes, Berlin, DE, 2013
This Way, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, DE, 2015