Installation of Experience

Designer | Artist Valia Fetisov
Year 2013

It is a room with an automatic door at the entrance, which closes each time someone comes in, so people are trapped there for an unknown amount of time with no instructions for how to get out.
The way to get out of the room is very simple but far from being obvious. You should do nothing; or, in other words, you should give up to get out. But of course many people use their previous experience and try to find an interface or try anything that can help: moving hands around, sitting or jumping, switching all the switchers they can reach and asking for help from passers-by.
It’s also important that observers can watch what people do inside and make them uncomfortable: it’s much harder to give up if people are watching what you do.
I personally was interested in another group of people who actively resist the situation, do not accept the rules and force the doors to open: the doors were installed in such a way that this was possible.

The project was made in 2011 during the project “Infusion” in collaboration with the neuroscientist Olga Svarnik. She is working on the problem of omitting existing experience when it doesn’t work anymore. It was a very promising experience to work with her.