Force II
Vertikales Museum / Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, 05-1999/ 05-2000


In 1998 a new museum dedicated to the work of the painter Felix Nussbaum opened in Osnabrück. The Dutch video artist Peter Bogers was invited to develop an installation for a specific location inside the museum complex, referred to by the architect Daniel Liebeskind as the ’Vertical Museum’.

A video-screen, which is hanging close to the ceiling high above one's head, shows a clenched fist and the palm of a hand slowly rotating together. One after the other either the hand or the fist trembles. Just when the quivering changes from the hand to the fist or vice versa, a strong flashlight is triggered off and lights up the screen. The slight ticking sound of the flashlight is heavily amplified. An unknown symbol was created via simple image manipulation, juxtaposing the classic symbol of power (the fist) and the symbol of fragility and vulnerability (the opened hand).