Measuring The Universe

Roman Ondák's Living Infographic

by Stephen Von Worley on November 10, 2010

Measuring The Universe

A living infographic created with blank museum walls, multitudes of willing art lovers, and a box of Sharpies! Yeah, Roman Ondák’s Measuring The Universe is kinda like that:

Measuring the Universe is a participatory artwork that evolves over the course of the exhibition, as museum attendants measure each visitor’s height and inscribe it on the gallery walls. Based on the tradition of marking a child’s height on doorframes as he or she grows, Measuring the Universe begins with empty white walls; however, as the exhibition progresses, the surface gradually darkens as the attendants record the presence of potentially thousands of museumgoers. The work is an ever-evolving wall drawing that is both a public performance and a collective document.

Measuring The Universe

Measuring The Universe is on display through January 9th as part of Taking Place at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. More details here and here.

Image credits: Top photo by Fabio Bruna (CC-BY-SA), bottom photo by Darren Milligan (CC-BY-NC-SA).

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