Imbuing technology with an element of surprise and humour, Jeppe Heinâ€™s interactive works playfully remind viewers of their vital part in activating artâ€™s communicative potential. At first glance Heinâ€™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 itâ€™s not alive, but it makes us take another look. Its sudden frantic movement and noise have a somewhat slapstick quality â€“ think wind-up chattering teeth â€“ but its animation is also disquieting, automaton-like, as if expressing alarm, a warning about something we cannot understand.