The Projection of a Hilbert Space Onto a Hilbert Space is Itself a Hilbert Space was an installation commissioned by the project space HilbertRaum in Berlin in 2018. Hilbert space is a mathematical concept developed by German mathematician David Hilbert. It deals with the folding of a one-dimensional object, such as a line, into a two-dimensional plane or a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional solid. In German, Hilbert space literally translates to Hilbertraum.
Conceived as an educational experience within an exhibition, the project was built on site over the course of three weeks and highlighted the mathematics of Hilbert space that the wall drawings were based on. Each day, the shutters of the gallery would open automatically at 9 AM, allowing viewers to watch the work being created. Once a day, the gallery was opened and spectators, usually the students from a nearby school, were invited to help create the work and to hear an age-appropriate lecture about the mathematics behind the art. The drawings themselves were made with materials that were familiar to students, like chalk, pencils, and poster paint, which not only gave the exhibition space the feeling and smell of a classroom, it also gave younger students the opportunity to work with materials that they recognized and were comfortable using. The exhibition concluded with a video lecture from inside the exhibition about Hilbert space and broadcast on YouTube.