Jacqueline Hen - Inversion, 2020, Godehardistollen (Bernwardstollen) Hildesheim,227cm x 178cm x 2500cm, iridescent foil, fan, light © EVI LICHTUNGEN Photographer Sara Foerster
The installation Inversion deals with the idea of the encounter of two dimensions. The gallery becomes a space of transition, a kind of passage through which another dimension is put into our reality. A pneumatic body with a shiny, smooth surface contrasts with its surroundings, fills the tunnel and protrudes into the landscape. Light is used at the same time as a shaping and spatially resolving element. The work moves in the field of tension between astronomical concepts and fiction.
Jacqueline Hen (*1989) works at the interface of design, art and research. Her works explore ways of creating social transformation through communication and participation between physical and virtual realities. In 2019, Hen was named the winner of the International Light Art Award by the Center for International Light Art in Unna. Jacqueline Hen is currently working on her master's degree at the University of the Arts in Berlin and teaches design at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. From 2014 to 2017 she assisted Studio Tomas Saraceno in the research of spider webs and sustainable living spaces. Before that, she worked at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Research and Innovation in Berlin, developing interactive holographic interfaces. Her insights from the research positions have a direct influence on the design of her art installations - how the works are anchored in research and spatial studies and how the experience is to be brought closer to the viewer.
The Hildesheim ramparts are a city fortification built in the late Middle Ages, which was later changed again and again. Today it is a listed local recreation and green area. Inside the ramparts there were several brick tunnels, through which the access from the city to the gardens outside was possible. So was the Godehardistollen. Not yet completely explored, it is said to have been the direct access to the moat, i.e. to the water, for the Benedictine monks from the Godehardic monastery - possibly even directly from the cloister. During the Second World War, the Bernward Column from St. Mary's Cathedral was temporarily stored here to protect it from the bombing raids. That is why the second name Bernward Stollen has been retained. Normally the gallery is not open to the public. It runs only a few meters into the wall and then falls down.