Swiss artist Peter Regli uses a concept that he calls “reality hacking” to make short, temporary interventions into the everyday. These incredibly fleeting works happen surprisingly and without advance notice. Incidental viewers may not be certain of their perceptions. What they witness might simply be a trick of their collective imaginations. Like apparitions, Regli’s works take place on the borders of seeing and failing to see, of hearing and failing to hear—scarcely materialized before disappearing once again.
Regli’s project for the new Price Waterhouse Coopers headquarters in Zurich follows this concept. The building’s inner courtyard contains five marble Buddha figures sitting on a bed of stones around a katsura tree. Once a month, triggered at random, they burst out in loud laughter for about two minutes, though their faces don’t change a bit.
...see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.
Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 222, 2005. Katsura tree and 5 marble Buddhas, installation view.