In view of changing paradigms of spectatorship (Crary 1990, Friedberg 1993/2006, Bruno 2002, Griffiths 2008, Verhoeff 2012), Philipp is developing a dissertation project on the history and theory of transformative visual spaces, with an emphasis on the systems at work in Skyscraper Observation Decks, such as the OUE SkySpace in Los Angeles, the One World Observatory in New York or the 360 Observation Deck in Chicago. Of special interest are the audiovisual and kinetic strategies that these sites employ to generate a distinct “structure of feeling” (Williams 1977) in play around notions of falling, floating, vertigo, and awe. The curious arrangements that respond to this desire to realize spaces of transformative vision, like a giant translucent slide (SkySlide), an elevator pretending to be a time-machine (SkyPod), or an unstable balcony (TILT), form the corpus of this project.
Fig. 1: Screenshot from New York – World Trade Center 1999 (Unknown Author, 2013), YouTube, last accessed May 7, 2018.
Fig. 2: Screenshot from New York – World Trade Center 1999 (Unknown Author, 2013), YouTube, last accessed May 7, 2018.
Fig. 3: Screenshot from New York – World Trade Center 1999 (Unknown Author, 2013), YouTube, last accessed May 7, 2018.
Philipp Röding is a PhD candidate in the Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film.” He studied Theater, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, the Goethe University, Frankfurt and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following a collection of short stories, his first novel about the proceedings of a dysfunctional suicide hotline was published in 2017.