With his sculptures and installations, Jeppe Hein examines the relationship between the object and the viewer. Many of his works, often interactive structures, question the viewer’s viewpoint – thus putting human perception in general to the test. By using mirrors or dynamic elements such as water fountains and rolling balls, Hein creates novel and changing spaces that are first reflected upon by the viewer. In doing so, the artist creates the premise of the dynamic viewer, who is not so much a visitor, but more an actor. Hein’s series of outdoor benches can be experienced this way as well: The benches wind around in loops, are turned upside down, some of them refuse to be used as seating devices – they all encourage the viewer to examine the physical and social context. To incite communication amongst viewers is one of the Danish artist’s declared objectives.
Jeppe Hein was born in Copenhagen in 1974. He lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.