How do we fill an empty space?
The window, precisely a glass pane of the window is an interesting place. It is the place where inside and outside, and seeing and being seen interweave. It lets you see through the other side of the window and reflects the side where you stand at the same time. Depending on light one prevails the other. In the empty storefronts reflection prevails. Thus reflection here means being empty, not occupied, a void of the urban space. This installation was made as a part of the project to fill the empty storefronts in the city of Meißen. During the exhibition the door stays closed. Passers-by can see the piece only through the storefront. There is no activity going on inside other than the light goes on and off every day automatically by the timer. So the work started from questioning the very goal of the project. Just by taking up a space can we say that the space is filled?
The installation 'occupied' is not trying to fill the void, but rather to emphasize the storefront staying empty. The installation, which is a huge black wall with cutout windows, blocks the Storefront completely. The storefront turns into a black mirror and reflects the empty street. Amid the reflection four brightly lit windows of the wall are visible. They are covered with thin blinds so one cannot see clearly through the windows in the storefront. The lit windows give one a feeling that there might be someone or something happening inside. It‘s a simulation of being occupied like an empty house where everyone left for vacation.
The work is not only an optical play using the materiality of the window pane but also a question to the meaning of occupying, presence and absence using light.