Pleasure of Experience by artist Brigitte Dätwyler is a performative installation that includes this project website as its central point. Whereas the installation itself is more of a studio than an actual installation, the piece can only come to life through the interactions of its spectators during exhibitions. The installation can be understood as a performance booth, where visitors are at liberty whether or not to comment on the input they're given by performing a response. Whenever data is uploaded the project website changes and is therefore constantly transforming during exhibition times. The videos shown here are all performances of visitors to the exhibitions.

Pleasure of Experience

Interactive videoinstallation (application in Processing, terminal, projector, spots, activespeakers)

June 14th to 19th 2011, Swiss Art Awards Basel

Pleasure version Lucerne
December 3rd 2011 to February 12th 2012, Kunstmuseum Luzern


Brigitte Dätwyler
/ Boris Brüderlin

 Johnny Nia

Yves Zumstein

The documentation of this project can be found at
The source code of the application, the cron scripts and the Drupal module can be found on GitHub.



The installation presents itself as a closed room and should be entered alone. In this alleged privacy the visitor is greeted at the computer terminal by Boris and Brigitte. The two present themselves as tutors for Body-Art, a specific form of Performance-Art. The spectator gets to choose one of the tutors and is prepared for his performance experience step by step.

As the actual tutorial starts, the room gets lit and the performer is invited to stand into the light. Via a webcam directed at him, the supposed performer now sees himself in a composed image with his tutor's profile on a projection against the back wall. The two tutorials both point out important aspects of Body-Art, which have suprisingly much in common with ordinary lifestyle tutorials - e.g. for Yoga and Aerobics - such as can be found all over YouTube.

After the tutorial is over, the lights go out and the spectator is invited to go back to the terminal, where he can choose if he wants to publish the captured frames of his performance together with the tutorial as a video (no audio) on this very website. After he made his decision the spectator is thanked and dismissed.

Pleasure of Experience from Brigitte Dätwyler on Vimeo.