About the Talk
In the spirit of his engaging and interactive show Please Touch the Art at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jeppe Hein presents his take on the artist lecture. Part performance, part audience participation game, and part interview, the event invites audience members to join Jeppe in an unexpected and revealing look at his practice.
Hein's work places the viewer at the center of the art experience. Often conceived for public space, his sculptures invite a relational, interactive, and playful experience. For Hein, artworks that are functional can act as a catalyst for engagement—both with the work and among visitors. This talk coincides with the artist’s Public Art Fund exhibition Please Touch the Art (May 17, 2015-April 17, 2016 at Brooklyn Bridge Park) for whichhe has installed three forms of social sculptures in Brooklyn Bridge Park:Appearing Rooms, a systematically shifting architectural space formed by jets of water; Mirror Labyrinth NY, a site-specific installation of mirror-polished stainless steel that reflects and distorts the distinctive skyline of lower Manhattan; and sixteen bright red Modified Social Benches, alterations upon the familiar outdoor park bench, which actively engage visitors’ perceptions of public space with their curious curves and undulations.
Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
This program is made possible in part by Con Edison and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.