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Song of Lift

Martijn van Wagtendonk's avatar Martijn van Wagtendonk
    2012 2nd place; 3-D Short List

‘Song of Lift’ is a 5-minute long, fully automated, viewer sensitive opera. A fourteen-armed circular structure hangs in the center of the blackbox’s 25-foot ceiling. Its 12-foot arms hang down like a closed umbrella. From the arms, strings hang over a hundred winged objects just above the ground. This is the center of the play. A quarter machine, like you might find on mechanical horse rides for kids, allows the viewer to set the opera in motion. As the viewer deposits a coin in the quarter machine, the gallery lights dim. The opening, soft, long notes of violins become barely audible (the first movement of Henryk Gorecky’s Symphony No.3 Op. 36, also known as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). As the piano intersects with its staccato keystrokes, an automated light show starts creating an ever-changing atmospheric environment. At this moment the first pairs of wings begin to flap.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30'
  • Medium: sound, light, electronics, motors, quarter machine
  • Width: 30 '
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 20'