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space( ), installation, light switches, stainless steel, 100×100×5 cm, 2013

Binary codes form the basis of digital information processing. In the installation space( ) this On“ and Off“ is used to transform a binary code from digital to analog by assigning 1 and 0 to a system of light switches. The light switches are arranged in a square of eight by eight elements, according to the 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 for example the letter A. By translating this empty space into a physical form, the work space( ) refers to the presence of background information, an invisible digital space and its own reality.