The Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, in collaboration with the Groninger Museum, has designed and created PRESENCE, an exhibition that develops into many interactive installations whose aim is to make the viewer understand the true extent and impact of the presence of man on Earth.
From a practical point of view, PRESENCE consists of rooms in which neon lights change according to how many people there are, floors covered with luminous spheres including walking, on which to lie down and leave your mark. Roosegaarde’s work not only makes a theme that has become increasingly problematic and hot in recent years more concrete and palpable but also overturns the concept of an art gallery.
Usually, when we enter a museum the first rule is not to touch the works, not to get too close, but here we are called to get in touch, making our gesture a work of art (destructive). The relationship that is established between the spectator and the work is unique, a relationship that stimulates mutual growth: while man creates the work, the work creates man, or at least increases his awareness.
PRESENCE will be open until January 12, 2020.