01/25/2012 01:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Tape Recorders' Installation Changes Depending On How Long You Stay (VIDEO)

We're starting to think maybe the best way to engage people in art is to literally engage them in the art. Clever artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer played with this idea in his installation at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia's "Recorders" exhibition, titled "Tape Recorders," which features rows of motorized measuring tapes that grow longer the longer you stay in their line of vision. They grow and grow, until reaching their three meter maximum height and come crashing down, resembling one-armed monsters out to destroy you (tape measures, we're on to you!). There's nothing quite like inanimate objects coming to life that brings back the creepy suspicion that your doll is going to go "Chucky" on you.. or, you know, revives that youthful sense of wonder, take your pick.


"Tape Recorders" (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.