All State, 2012
Elevator installation for Art in General
Sound composition, 6:04:10 hours, stereo
Existing elevator, amplifier, media player, speakers
Art in General is pleased to announce the opening of Theresa Himmer’s site-specific audio installation All State, realized in collaboration with Kristján Eggertsson. Responding to the physical and psychological parameters of the elevator, Himmer’s original score toys with our perception of movement, expectation and entrapment. Using the repetitive motion and existing sounds of the Art in General elevator as her starting points, All State amplifies an environment already attuned to heightened sensitivity, positioning viewers somewhere between real and imagined space.
In the compact interior of the elevator, Himmer’s uncanny score of recorded sounds disrupts our notion of cause and effect. Through repetition, duplication and overlap, All State mimics reality and belies function. At once, signifiers of both visible and invisible operations (the passing of floors, the machine room switchboard, the opening of doors) become hollow, irrational and destabilizing.
Theresa Himmer was born in Denmark and lives and works in New York City. Coming to art through architecture, Himmer’s project-based practice investigates notions of place, site specificity and locational identity. Himmer has exhibited internationally with site-specific installations in among others Russia, Mexico and Iceland, her base for almost 5 years. She recently exhibited at Nurture Art and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York and the National Gallery of Iceland. Himmer is currently attending the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Kristján Eggertsson is an architect and experimental musician. Born in Iceland he lives and works internationally, with ongoing projects across Europe. Eggertsson’s practice navigates architecture, urban planning and site-specific installation. He studied philosophy at the University of Iceland and Aarhus University before completing his studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2003. In 2006, he cofounded KRADS, an architecture and design practice based in Denmark and Iceland. In 2010, Eggertsson collaborated with artist Theresa Himmer on Entrance, a site-specific architectural intervention at the National Gallery of Iceland.
All images courtesy the artist.