Here at Elevate1 we have been entrenching ourselves in the Secret Histories of Elevation, and we have some things to share that might help foster meta-criticism, and inspire thematic texts and live works come December.
After several brief glimpses in the ancient and medieval world, the development of Industrial-era elevators took off in the mid 19th century, with the first installation of an approximately contemporary model of elevator in New York City in 1850.
Elevators as such have made possible the vertical expansion of urban space, general accessibility, and a whole new kind of public privacy. Today New York is the world capitol of elevation, with almost 80,000 lifts within city limits.
It suggests that, "approximately 18 percent of the city’s adult population could be safely suspended in mechanical elevation or descension at any given moment, if they were so moved." Not a bad goal.
There are most likely more than 10 million elevators in the world, which is almost one for every 800 people.
This blog will feature some of the work done in elevators across the world.