In the museum's 4,300 m3 exhibition space, Daan Roosegaarde has created TOUCH, an interactive work of art that captivates visitors as they enter, creates a sense of wonder, and invites and inspires them to act without words. The fact that our perception and action are specifically directed towards this special act of connection unravels at the very moment of touch: this is the key to an imposing visual explosion that transports us and our counterpart into a new universe when the artwork’s electronic sensor field senses when two visitors join hands and through this interaction, light is then coded into a galaxy of thousands of star lights.
"Roosegaarde highlights an action that we must never again take for granted. He lets us perform a culturally and personally important act in a controlled way and opens our eyes in the same moment. Instead of being afraid of the future, he consciously awakens curiosity about the infinite possibilities of the future, skilfully directs our gaze inwards as well as towards our counterpart and thus lets us become part of a universe." - Dr. Corinna Otto, Museum Director
The TOUCH installation makes it tangible that even the smallest shared interaction can have a big effect and change the world around us. It makes us feel how important it is to be part of a community, what forces can arise from consciously working together, and opens our eyes to how a shared future can be shaped.
Light is an essential design tool for Daan Roosegaarde. "Light is the symbol for new beginnings. To create a better world, we must first imagine it. In TOUCH we join hands to think about our common future." - Daan Roosegaarde, Artist