Elke Lehmann / Works /
4 (to) 5
Artists Space, Project Room, New York

White rats, wallboard construction,
3 amplified feeding stations,
3 surveillance mirrors
Dimensions scaled to the existing room

A 4 to 5 scale model of the Project Room at Artists Space was constructed within the same room. The spatial remnants between the original walls of the Project Room and the condensed walls of the model room formed three enclosed spaces that were filled with three colonies of white rats. The audience could only access the model exhibition room, where they were given visual and audio indexes of the rats' presence behind its walls. Elevated surveillance mirrors showed wide angle reflections of the rats' concealed environment, and visible containers of food and water were linked to buried feeding stations with amplified sound.

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