elevator pitch

New musical house at Music Box Village
With the support of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American and Adriel Luis
In collab with New Orleans Airlift and Rick Snow
21 May 2019

Elevator Pitch is an interactive art installation that celebrates New Orleans as a multi-sensory musical experience. Created by New Orleans Airlift, Christine Sun Kim, and Rick Snow, it is the Music Box Village’s latest “musical house” structure, offering visitors a visceral, innovative encounter with sound.

Elevator Pitch is inspired by Kim’s childhood memories of crowding elevators with her Deaf friends, and shouting so loudly that they could feel the vibrations of each others’ voices. Meanwhile, elevators are often known to hearing people as sites of “awkward silence,” thus the concept of this installation challenges when and where various people have a voice. Born Deaf herself, Kim approaches Elevator Pitch by investigating how Deaf communities of New Orleans experience a city so deeply defined by music, and by highlighting how Deaf people are vital to this culture of sound.

Materials: Mild steel, stainless steel, copper, acrylic, cypress, electronic instruments, vocal samples provided by members of Louisiana’s Deaf community (if this is too long you can just say “mixed materials, electronic instruments, vocal samples provided by members of Louisiana’s Deaf community)

Dimensions: 9.5ft / 2.9m (height), 8ft / 2.4m (width), 6ft / 1.8m (depth)

Photos by Camillie Lenain