Exhibition view:
"Melanie Smith - Short Circuit", Villa Merkel, Esslingen, 2012,
cur. Andreas Baur, Photo: die arge lola, Stuttgart

Elevador, 2012
Single channel video, color, sound, 7:49 min.
Ed. of 4 (+ 2 AP)

The film "Elevador" by Melanie Smith depicts the absurd story behind the lift in a building that has constant operational problems, and is constantly patched to work short term. Through its constant shifts and interruptions the elevator presents a series of surreal situations that short circuit themselves. Every time the door opens, reality appears to dissipate more and more. For the artist, this is a metaphor for modernity in general in Mexico: “It never catches up on itself, and it stutters and stammers onto the next phase and is full of unreal solutions”.

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