The Medienhopper 3.268.800 is an
analog system that engages the viewer by instructing her/him to perform an
The Medienhopper platform is a
constructed room, a white cube,
3 x 3 x 3 meters, made of laths and
sheets of polystyrene. The entrance is located centrally. A set of slatted
blinds in the right corner allows viewers to look out only at the sky. The
light is soft and white, the atmosphere is subdued.
In the middle of the room stands a
Lying on the pillar is a game of
sliding wooden tiles, which include all the numbers of the decimal system, a +
and two pairs of horizontal lines.
This order of the tiles is the original
position of the tiles.
But this combination represents just
one possible composition of the image, as every block can be moved individually
and the order is variable.
An instruction sheet with the
mathematic rule, the addition,
and a listing with all 3,628,000
possibilities of the composition are hanging inside the white cube.
The starting point in the development
of the Medienhopper was to create a system
that manages without electricity.
Crashes and compression errors are only
initiated by the visitor.
The quiet, bright atmosphere and the
self-contained situation is an invitation to play. The visitor provides the
There is just one rule, and yet there
are thousands upon thousands of
possibilities for reconstructing the newly-created image. The visitor can and
must make conscious decisions and reflect upon his or her actions without any
corrective input, any “Right” or “Wrong”.