Multisensory Installation (2016)
Interfacial Microphone, 1 Loudspeaker
Wooden box, two mirrors, LED lights

Courtesy DIGITAL SYNESTHESIA, University of Applied Arts Vienna 2016



In VERTICAL 2 confusion, disinformation and communication are provoked by a small white cuboid standing in a large exhibition space. It can be entered by one person at a time.

Contradictory, even paradoxical spatial information are produced via visual and audible stimuli. Low and small from the outside, the space gains unexpected height and thereby largeness when entered. The absence of consistency between the inner and outer perspective is furthermore deepened by another aspect to be experienced inside. The cuboid not only seems to open up vertically, but also downward below the feet. The space seems to become an open vertical tunnel. Neuronal information about direction is given via reflected light, information about size via acoustic impulse responses and shepard effects. It might catch the visitor’s eye that the constructional elements of the cuboid are visible from the outside in a reductionist manner. Its building style lies open; there seem to be no secrets. All the more visitors are left alone with the ambivalence of their sensation.

The realness of the outside world is considered to be independent of human observations. In this regard VERTICAL 2 appears to be an intentional aesthetic object that questions realness and enables visitors to synthesize virtuality.

VERTICAL 2 is a continuation of a series of artworks by Anke Eckardt on elements of architecture called SONIC SPACES: VERTICAL 2 (2016), GROUND (2014), WALL (“Between | You | And | Me” 2012), VERTICAL 1 (“!” 2010). In this series, the artist explores the ambivalence of sensation.

VERTICAL 2_ Totale