TOUCH by Roosegaarde transforms Museum Draiflessen Collection into an ephemeral dream world through the Joining of Hands

TOUCH by Roosegaarde transforms Museum Draiflessen Collection into an ephemeral dream world through the Joining of Hands

What was until recently a completely everyday, self-evident act of human encounter is suddenly no longer so: the mutual touch, the embrace of the handshake. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde addresses this moment and the significance of this human connection in his expansive installation developed especially for the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen, Germany. 

In the museum's 4,300 m3 exhibition space, Daan Roosegaarde has created TOUCH, an interactive work of art that captivates visitors as they enter, creates a sense of wonder, and invites and inspires them to act without words.

Key to visual explosion

The fact that our perception and action are specifically directed towards this special act of connection unravels at the very moment of touch: this is the key to an imposing visual explosion that transports us and our counterpart into a new universe when the artwork’s magnetic field senses when two visitors join hands and through this interaction, light is then coded into thousands of star lights.

Awakening curiosity

"Roosegaarde highlights an action that we must never again take for granted. He lets us perform a culturally and personally important act in a controlled way and opens our eyes in the same moment. Instead of being afraid of the future, he consciously awakens curiosity about the infinite possibilities of the future, skilfully directs our gaze inwards as well as towards our counterpart and thus lets us become part of a universe." - Dr. Corinna Otto, Museum Director

Even the smallest interaction

The TOUCH installation makes it tangible that even the smallest shared interaction can have a big effect and change the world around us. It makes us feel how important it is to be part of a community, what forces can arise from consciously working together, and opens our eyes to how a shared future can be shaped.


Light is an essential design tool for Daan Roosegaarde. "Light is the symbol for new beginnings. To create a better world, we must first imagine it. In TOUCH we join hands to think about our common future." - Daan Roosegaarde, artist


TOUCH has been created in collaboration with Draiflessen Collection, The Wellbeing Project and Studio Roosegaarde. All are honoured and excited that TOUCH will be featured in Biscay, Bilbao as part of The Wellbeing Summit for Social Change in June 2022.

TOUCH at Draiflessen Collection Georgstraße 18 | 49497 Mettingen GERMANY

28 november 2021 / 27 februari 2022
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