Voice Elevator (wip)

video installation, single channel, 16:9 portrait format (vertical cinema), 13 min. loop, D 2020-21 (work in progress)
Isabell Spengler in collaboration with Neo Hülcker

The transition from a female to a male identity is examined in a musical composition and a dialogue scene for a breaking voice.
Two elevator rides are presented in a vertical cinema projection. The first scene is a musical elevator choreography: The movements of three elevators at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin are musically interpreted and sung as glissandi, whereby the singer's voice break is particularly audible.
The second scene shows a first encounter between two artists in a glass elevator at Berlin Central Station: Connections between pitch of voice, persuasiveness, authority and the concept of the status rocker are discussed and at the same time tried out in a performative manner. In three variations, the scene unfolds a structural play by relating dialogue, performance and voice pitch to the direction of travel of the elevator.
The relationship between the performers and its depiction are questioned with regard to the construction of status and gender.

performance score 01 (Potsdamer Platz): Isabell Spengler
performance score 02 (script, dialogue): Isabell Spengler & Neo Hülcker
performance score 03 (studio): Neo Hülcker

production, concept, director, editor: Isabell Spengler
director score 03: Neo Hülcker

performers: Neo Hülcker & Isabell Spengler
cinematographer: Till Beckmann
sound recordist: Manuela Schinina
gaffer: Josephine Freiberg
thank you: Juliane Zelwies

extras: Katrin Winkler, Cat Barich, Ann Oren, Carola Schaal, Sabine Erklenz, Meggie Schneider, Steffi Weismann, Lea Uria Garcia

inspired by Neo Hülcker's breaking of the voice concert

supported by: Bremen Award for Video Art #26

exhibitions: Bremen Award for Video Art, Bremen, spring 2021 (upcoming)