Civilization is a gorgeous video installation by Marco Brambilla for the elevators of the Standard Hotel in NYC. Imagine this installed....
We at Elevate1 wish to remind enthusiasts and participants to keep in mind not obstructing access for those who do need and depend upon the elevator for locomotion. Although we are interested in harnessing the elevator's latent potentials, the last thing we would want is to make motion more difficult.
Back in 2013, Someone made this beautiful little museum installation in an elevator in Manhattan, and peopled it with all sorts of dainty regalia.
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Have you ever been stuck in an elevator?
alone? with a lover? with 41 sunday school students? we have.
The internet is swarming with these lists of little ways to annoy people in elevators. Hopefully Elevate1 participants will go above and beyond.
Several music videos have been filmed in and made about elevators, real and simulated. Here are a few of them:
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.
Conflicted as many of us may feel about the role of advertising in society at large, there have certainly been a wealth of curious and fascinating attempts to grasp with the creeping designey talons of late capitalism at the doors of the elevator.
There also seems to be a kind of regular penchant for deploying vectors of Fear across the floor:
With one month before the elevate1 project meets to proverbial pavement, we wanted to supply a small array of inspirational content for the potentially interested.
One of our very favorites is Elke Veltman's 2007 "Living In A Lift" work, here:
Another wonderful inspiration is Guillermo Gomez-Pena's extended piece from the beginning of his career:
Remi Galliard has also been amassing quite a trove of interventions, many of which are seen in this short video:
As the fateful day of December 12 approaches, draw inspiration from this wonderful interventions in the past!
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This blog will feature some of the work done in elevators across the world.