Realised in 2002 in the Martin Gropius hospital in Eberswalde, Germany. Commissioned by the Bernau State Planning Office and the Brandenburg Ministry of Finance.
Five large flatscreens inserted between the pillars of the atrium of the Eberswalde regional hospital show hands walking on their fingertips. The glass-roofed atrium in the main building, through which visitors, patients and staff get to the vestibule and the adjoining buildings, is one of the most multifaceted hubs in the entire complex. Here different paces of life meet—people looking for reception, rushing to the cafeteria, meeting somebody and waiting, people who are just looking or walking round the block. The walking hands appear free, like in a shadow play, in front of a flat black background. There are different types of hands, older and younger ones, all having their own way of walking and pace. Some stop for a while and “look” into the room, others hurry in pairs or threes through the individual monitors. Analogously to the movements of the visitors, patients and the hospital staff, simple gestures, everyday movements and meetings are staged without dramatic climaxes by the silently walking hands.