The project LINKattempted to draw attention to the locality of a staircase.
We showed the piece in Bolzano/ Italy, Vienna/ Austria and Helsinki. Each
site was equipped with a different soundtrack accompaning the visitor
on his way up or down the stairs. Also the buildings housing the stairs
and the stairs themselves were different: a metal staircase construction
in Vienna; classicist stone stairs in Bolzano and a large multi-winged
staircase in Helsinki. The orange carpet however linked the different
locations like a red thread. For ISEA 94 in Helsinki we choose the staircase
of the Museum of Contemporary Art as the project location. The sounds
of walking people which were usually audible on the stairs, were superimposed
by sounds especially designed for the specific circumstances.
By covering the staircase with an orange carpet we confronted the visitors
with a new sensual impression when walking up the stairs. Not only had
their auditory environment changed - the visual and tactile surroundings
seemed altered as well. As a consequence of the alterations in the audio-visual
environment we achieved a fundamental change of the visitors' perception
of the location.