Klaus vom Bruch

Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg

In Klaus vom Bruch’s latest installation, Radarraum (Radar room, 1988), three black boxes of various heights—each with crisscross fencing on two sides—are distributed through the room. Their upward-facing TV monitors flicker and glimmer in green, yellow, orange, and red, flashing an array of letters and numbers and emitting squeaky sounds. In the middle of the room, a 7-foot-wide rectangular radar screen, installed at eye-level, turns on its axis. A steel scaffolding, extending from the ceiling and containing an engine, keeps the radar screen turning.

Upon entering the room, the visitor intuitively feels observed. And, indeed, the radar installed at the center does capture the visitor, transmitting a signal to a computer in order to make objects and people in the room visible—in the form of an abstracted code of colors strips and gauges—on the monitors. However, this equipment (unlike that

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