An example is Harter Raum (Hard Space) in which the three members of Coop Himmelblau let explosions go off to the rhythm of their heartbeat. The shock of the explosions accelerates their heartbeat, which in turn increases the rhythm of the explosions. In The White Suit, violent film images are projected onto a transparent helmet, supported by scents and a pneumatic vest that gives the subject a punch when they see brutal scenes.
These works are influenced by the media guru Marshall McLuhan. He believed that it is not so much the specific content of media that should be investigated, but the medium itself: ‘the medium is the message.’ The installations by Coop Himmelblau not only help to understand this proces, but also teach visitors to deal with the increasingly intensive bombardment of impressions in the media.