Through the use of steel tubes in this sculpture, Hisse aims to mimic optical instruments, i.e., binoculars, telescopes and microscopes. The artwork encourages use, like those coin-operated binoculars that are often placed at tourist sites to allow visitors to get a closer look at a beautiful view. But when you look more closely and try to use this instrument, you soon realize that its functionality is distorted. The odd composition of metal tubes seems to obstruct rather than improve the view. The sculpture can be interpreted as an analogue glitch – a technical fault – that cannot be altered. What do we do if the functions of things change, or stop working?
Artist: Bianca Hisse