Ann Veronica Janssens Interview: Creating a Lens out of Fluids


“I’m interested in the theme of vision, and in optics, the eye.” Find out how a floating drop can maintain its shape in a liquid-filled container, resembling the process of how life began. In this video, the thrilling Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens demonstrates the method behind her work ‘Aquarium’ (1991) to Professor in Physics, Kristine Niss.

“The shape of the drop varies according to the amount of oil that I add and the density of the water and alcohol mix inside.” In ‘Aquarium’, a transparent container is filled with a liquid in the centre of which you see a floating drop that creates a lens shape. Preserving the stability of the drop in the container, Niss comments, requires great care.

Ann Veronica Janssens (b. 1956) creates installations, projections, immersive environments, urban interventions, and sculptures that explore the sensory experience of reality. Her work has been shown at the Lyon Biennale, France, the 48th Venice Biennale, Italy, at the Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern in London, UK, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA and at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. She lives and works in Belgium.

Ann Veronica Janssens was interviewed by Christian Lund at her studio in Bruxelles, Belgium in connection to the exhibition ‘Hot Pink Turquoise’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark in January 2020.

Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard

Edited by Rasmus Quistgaard

Produced by Christian Lund

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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