space( )
Installation, 2013
Light switches, stainless steel
100x100x5 cm

Binary codes form the basis of information processing. The information system, consisting of ‘1’ and ‘0’ or ‘on’ and ‘off’, gives reason to transform binary code from the digital to the analogue by way of integrating the numbers 1 and 0 into a system of light switches. The light switches are positioned together in a square of eight by eight elements, according to 8-bit binary code. The switches are programmed analogously to the binary code of the individual characters. Each line produces a character, and when translated, all together they spell the word space( ). The blank as a gap or empty space, serves to separate two characters. In digital text, a blank space is identified as a gap, and is not represented by any character. To be digitally coded, however, the blank space takes up as much space as e.g. the letter ‘A’.

Space( ) transposes a symbol that bears no external physical presence but that is paramount for all text comprehension. Just like binary codes, the blank space is hidden, but when decoded, it facilitates the understanding and processing of information.