Yves Netzhammer

Der gefangene Floh (The Captured Flea)

EWZ-Unterwerk Zürich-Oerlikon
 Eduard-Imhof-Strasse 3-5
8050 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

2015
Multimedia installation

In the industrial neighbourhood of Oerlikon, in a substation belonging to ewz, Zurich’s electric utility company, Yves Netzhammer (b. 1970 in Switzerland) has installed an enormous labyrinth of perceptions. His installation of mirrors, drawings, light and speech enhances the architecture and transforms the underground world of electric systems into a broad dynamic associative space, in which the processes of change that take place inside the building are echoed many times over. For this intervention, the artist made use of how the architecture opens up the substation: a wide front window offers a view of the interior from the street, giving passers-by unfamiliar insights into the switchgear room, which extends twelve metres down below ground. The room’s walls and ceiling are completely mirrored. Creatures and objects cut out of black film are applied directly onto the reflective surfaces, so that they merge together with the electrotechnical systems in a setting that has no end.

Courtesy of the artist und Fachstelle Kunst und Bau, Stadt Zürich