J. Mayer H


So… I just found this German artist, J. Mayer H who’s work is really amazing. His work highly relates to my research into temperature sensitive glass as it is highly temperature sensitive.  His work is very interactive, allowing the viewer to engage with the work, like that of the surfloor or moving colors thermocromatic tiles.

Below are photos of his work along side with some text from Dörte Zbikowski, who has written a review of J. Mayer H’s work.

J. MAYER H Architects’ studio, focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology and nature form the background for a new production of space.

When you sit down on a HeatSeat Pad it absorbs your body warmth and a temporary body-heat shadow forms, appearing as a white discoloration somewhat similar to an x-ray – this can be referred to as a »body print« – an analogy to fingerprinting. The hidden layers of clothing, body and – depending on the duration of contact – right through to bone structure are clearly represented, in detail. When it cools, the body print disappears just as surreptitiously as it appeared and the color returns to its original state.

Jürgen Mayer H. uses this thermo-sensitive paint in numerous works. Housewarming which appeared in 1994 at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York was one of his first experiments with thermo-sensitive paint on walls and seating surfaces.

For his 1998 installation Face he mixed the substance with latex house paint. When you touched the wall the color became paler.

His bed wear [Lie], 1997, also created as an edition, forms part of the same context: The body print of a sleeping figure is temporarily imposed as a white coloration onto the thermo-sensitive data collector pattern on cotton.


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