interactive public art / light installation



A collective visual reminder to stay out of the abstract


9 May 2022 
14.00h – 20.00h
Start by Nanette van Schelven
and a resident of The Hague.

10 May -13 May 2022
10.00h to 20.00h
Portraits by IIWA

16 May 2022
Opening by Jan van Zanen, Mayor of The Hague
and Han van Gelder, Deputy Secretary-General
of the Ministry of Finance.

May 2022 – December 2023
06.00h – 21.00h
ZIEN at the Platanenhof of the Ministry of Finance
Korte Voorhout 7, Den Haag.


23 JUNE 2023

Media Architecture Bienale Award 



ZIEN is created in five days from the cooperation between the robot arm IIWA and humans. The robot engraves portraits of interested passers-by in mirrors on the square in front of the Ministry of Finance. I used these portraits to build the installation on the spot. ZIEN examines the relationship that we, as a society, want to have with technology. 

This installation is the result of my artist in residency at the Ministry of Finance. The Kunstcommisie of the Ministry of Finance asked me to develop a work based on my experiences within and in relation to the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry is a place that quickly becomes an abstraction to the outside world. A building, an institute, an envelope, a name. In the same way, the outside world is abstracted within the walls of the Ministry. 

On both sides, I heard a need to be seen and heard within the bigger picture. Especially in relation to the introduction and use of technology. We all know how things can go wrong when we lose sight of how technology is applied. Therfore ZIEN is about the process rather than the result. With ZIEN, I created a meeting with each other and technology outside the walls of the ministry. I showed the process openly. The mess it brings. The constant need to adapt to the process.

ZIEN is an invitation to reflect and take responsibility. To keep seeing yourself and others. Sometimes it may seem that you are being  absorbed in the vastness of the bigger whole. By keeping an eye on the details you are able to remain seeing.



This project is part of the artist in residence program of the kunstcommissie at the Ministry of Finance (NL).

With many thanks to: 

Molly Witman Amir Bastan Johannes Braumann Nicolette ter Rele Sacha Margés Friso Wiarda Marco de Bock Oria Pilet Oscar de Grave Job Zeestraten Creative Robotics KUKA Joris Maas Bashir Bastani Maarten Kruisheer


Leo Veger