noemi lakmaier, oberver effect at westfield gallery, summer 2014In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed.

Seated behind a window Lakmaier is situated in the centre of a room, at a table facing outwards. The walls behind her are lined with shelving units, the floor is covered in 500 pairs of second hand shoes. One by one she paints the shoes slowly, meticulously and methodically in blue road marking paint - a colour recognised for an association with bureaucratic meaning rather than for it's aesthetic quality.

The Observer Effect is an endurance based piece, focused on a single, seemingly absurd task. It is performed by the body turned machine, with the sole purpose of transforming once functional footwear into un-wearable art objects. The Observer Effect raises questions about the value of work, human labour and the role of the individual worker in a society of consumerism and mass-production.

boxes of shoes made during the observer effect

Exhibition tour:

Shape in the City Oct 2012 - Aug 2013
40 Gracechurch Street, London,

Swiss Cottage Gallery 4th - 13th Sept 2013
88 Avenue Rd, London,

Deptford X Festival 27th September - 6th October 2013
Gallop Workshop
198 Deptford High Street, London
*WINNER OF 2013 DEPTFORD X FRINGE AWARD*observer effect at westfield gallery, summer 2014