Hall of Mirrors by Bruce Quek

Upon walking into the room, you’re greeted by blank walls with different clocks – each ticking away at a different rate. Upon closer examination, each clock face has a neat inscription like Infection or Cancer or HIV. Randomly, you’ll hear a soft bell-like sound, ting!

As you finish your tour, the attendant gives you a paper with a list of things and numbers. Apparently, the chimes that you hear means that a person somewhere in the world died of a particular cause.

The installation uses popular statistics, tries to strip the analytical aspect and “humanizes” it by letting viewers experience and reflect on them on a personal level.

I spent 7 minutes in the room and in that span of 7 minutes. 20 people died.


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