Hilbert is inspired by the legendary computer scientist Alan
Turing and the early coding and decoding machines. The user is
challenged to look for a specific combination of the switches to turn
on the bulb. The artist is interested in the idea of turning on a lamp
into an unnecessary complex gesture.
The visual simplicity of the design is underscored by its elaborate
title, a twist on how one should describe the lamp when filing
it for a patent application. The artist perceived the lamp as an
„apparatus“ to determine its aesthetic and used parts usually
associated with machines. On the inside there is a manual with
hieroglyphic symbols, turning the lamp into a riddle.