Reidar Fuglestad (left), CEO of SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, and Arnt Aske, Business Development Digitalization at GCE NODE in front of Jeppe Hein's installation Distance.

The art exhibition Distance by Danish artist Jeppe Hein opened in Kristiansand Saturday. GCE NODE gave the opening speech.

“There is an obvious link between artistic creativity and industrial engineering. Jeppe Hein’s installation is bringing the two together. This is an untraditional exhibition, underlined by the untraditional choice of NODE to officially open it,” says Reidar Fuglestad, CEO of SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum.

Distance is an interactive work. As you enter the exhibition room, your presence is registered by a sensor and a ball is set in motion. The ball rolls along at different speeds, through several hundred meters of loops, elevators, spirals and free-fall sequences. Follow your own personal ball through the labyrinthine journey that transforms the exhibition space into a movable, dynamic structure.

“It is fascinating! I find Distance to occupy the space where art, architecture, design and technology meet,” says Arnt Aske, Business Development Digitalization at GCE NODE.

Jeppe Hein challenges us to use all our faculties, not only in experiencing his kinetic installations, but in meeting our fellow human beings. Dialogue, laughter and social encounter are some of the main ingredients in Hein’s work of art.

As a site-specific installation, Distance is built especially for the space where it is shown. The work has been borrowed from ARoS in Århus, Denmark, and its presentation at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum has come about through collaboration with ARoS and Jeppe Hein’s studio.

An estimated 400 people attended the opening Saturday. Distance will be on display in Kristiansand till September.

SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum covers the entire region of Agder. This means that the museum is a regional resource centre in the art field. In 2020, the museum will move to the new art silo in Kristiansand Harbor.

Arnt Aske gave the opening speech.