Sa, 19/09/2020 - Sa, 10/10/2020
Klangkunst / Sound Art / Longplay

Vertical Railway

Ein Fahrstuhlprojekt

The installation "Vertical Railway" deals with the fascination of the elevator as a narrative space and the imagination-historical processes spun around it. The first documents about the feeling of oppression in these narrow, soaring cabins appeared early on after the appearance of elevators. The arbitrariness of the encounter of people in public elevators is intensified by the absence of timetables or classes - the meeting of strangers in the smallest of spaces brings anonymity and intimacy together.
In the history of film and literature, the elevator often functions as a trigger for momentous changes: in elevators, the plot condenses and biographies intertwine, the elevator car produces a degree of seclusion that incites transgression and also serves as a refuge for transformation.
The advent of the push button left a mark on the history of the elevator and inspired the imagination: Through the "miraculous" of the push button control, the elevator now seems to be transformed into an intelligent being - the elevator is no longer controlled by an elevator operator via a mechanical device. The push button as the only external element of a hidden system of wires, coils and motors, cuts through the visible connection between cause and effect. What happens between the touch of a button and the desired result has disappeared into the realm of abstraction. Elevator fantasies in literature and film have repeatedly settled exactly in this gap and taken the pictorial speech of the cabin's own thinking literally. A horror film classic like "The Elevator" from 1983, for example, in which a misdirected microprocessor ensures that a cabin kills a number of passengers through unpredictable movements, is only conceivable under those historical conditions that the push button created eighty years earlier.

Elevator passengers were afraid of the ride, especially at the beginning of the rise of the elevator cabs. Thus, in 1936, music that was not intended to attract attention was used for the first time in elevators in New York to take away people's fear. Even today, the musical continuous loop is still known under the term "elevator music".

The sound installation "Vertical Railway" condenses curious elevator fantasies, historical facts, interview fragments and elevator music miniatures.

Christina Ertl-Shirley works with sound in the form of sound installations, concerts, radio features, live shows on free radio and radio plays, allowing experimental sound and storytelling to merge into a
productive dialogue.
The starting point for her work is a journey through scientific, historical and subjective material. Christina Ertl-Shirley comments on these components through her own observations in the form of sound: self-recorded field recordings, recorded logbook entries, interview fragments and sounds of self-built electronic instruments. Through the interplay of these elements she realizes semi-factual sound narratives. She sees her sound sculptures and installations, in which the theme determines the material, as transmedia studies.

  • : (2020)

Christina Ertl-Shirley

Christina Ertl-Shirley, Klanginstallation

Eine Installation über den Fahrstuhl als klingender narrativer Raum von Christina Ertl-Shirley.


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