Selected works by Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein
Shaking Cube


Aluminium and motor

50 x 50 x 50cm
Imbuing technology with an element of surprise and humour, Jeppe Hein’s interactive works playfully remind viewers of their vital part in activating art’s communicative potential. At first glance Hein’s sculptures appear to be uncomplicated, formally simple affairs possibly nodding to 1970s conceptual art and minimalism, but something happens as they are approached: they react to human presence.

Shaking Cube (2004), an aluminium box placed directly on the floor, starts to vibrate when a visitor goes near it, stopping after a few seconds only to begin trembling again if the invisible field of motion sensors around it is entered again. We know it’s not alive, but it makes us take another look. Its sudden frantic movement and noise have a somewhat slapstick quality – think wind-up chattering teeth – but its animation is also disquieting, automaton-like, as if expressing alarm, a warning about something we cannot understand.
Jeppe Hein
Mirror Wall


Mirror foil, wooden frame substructure, vibration system

200 x 356 cm
Something similar happens when visitors get close to Mirror Wall (2010). What at first appears to be a large but straightforward mirror begins to move slightly when approached. Viewing one’s vibrating reflection in it and the accompanying distorted backdrop of the gallery space creates a sense of dizziness and a strange feeling of separation from the familiar. It prompts us instinctively to re-calibrate our spatial awareness and our relationship to what we see and where we are.

Hein’s experiential, perceptual magic tricks are his vehicle for raising engagement between art and its audience. He makes work that can only be experienced through participation, expanding our notion of what art is or could be. ‘For me, the concept of sculpture is closely linked with communication… By challenging the physical attention of the viewer, an active dialogue between artwork, surrounding and other visitors is established that lends the sculpture a social quality.’

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Jeppe Hein: Flying Cube
Jeppe Hein articulates a lively and often unexpected dialogue between his work, the viewer and the site of intervention. While his sculptures refer to Minimalism and question the authoritarian nature of the museum or gallery exhibition space, his method necessitates that the audience physically trigger the work. - Critic's Picks Berlin, Jeppe Hein
For his first solo exhibition in Berlin, the young Danish-born artist Jeppe Hein presents a work in simple but effective dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and the witty and self-conscious mode of institutional critique. -
Connected Presence: Jeppe Hein and Johannes Wohnseifer
Questioning the ritualistic relationship between art and the spectator, Hein creates witty and minimalist installations that intervene with both indoor and outdoor spaces deliberately blurring the boundaries between conceptual art and mechanical objects. - Jeppe Hein, Bear the Consequences
If you thought contemporary art was cold and detached, you’ve probably not encountered Jeppe Hein. The Danish-born, Berlin-based artist is one of Europe’s most confrontational artists, with his works not only challenging the viewer, but directly involving them in the process. -
Simplified Mirror Labyrinth
The simplified mirror labyrinth will resemble the historical Greek labyrinth, with its quadratic floor space, interlocked geometric channels and with one entrance.
As a model for a more active participation in the reception of art, my work represents a reference to the traditional shapes of such a maze.
- Jeppe Hein triggers Bodø with interactive art.
Jeppe Hein's' artworks are usually interactive. It means that the participation of the audience is central. He is foremost concerned with exploring how the presence of the audience influences the piece and the experience with art. -
Jeppe Hein
Jeppe Hein’s works address us individually; though, importantly, we might not have asked them to. Hein delights in apparently serendipitous events, suspending common sense laws of cause and effect and conjuring up scenarios in which, in direct response to our presence, seemingly sentient behaviour is coaxed from inanimate things. -
Interact with This: Jeppe Hein and Michael Lin at P.S.1 By James Westcott
In acorner gallery of PS1 at the new Spring exhibition, asmall white cube floats in the center of the gallery as white cube. The wall text explains that Jeppe Hein’s Flying Cube is held up by an electromagnet concealed in the tube that hangs down from the ceiling. Hein says he wanted to immediately dispel any mystery about this gravity-defying installation. "I don’t want people to waste time in their head wondering how it works. How it makes you feel is more important." -
Interview with Jeppe Hein
kopenhagen met Jeppe Hein to have a chat about his exhibition at Galleri Nicolai Wallner. His work is minimalist, the ideas stripped of unnecessary noise and presented in their purest form, invitingly clear for the viewer. -
Jeppe Hein
The work of Jeppe Hein could best be described as "con-struction". The sculptural installations are functional physical constructions with a specific purpose, a utility.