Broad steps leading up to St Michael’s Church
With its broad, imposing steps, St Michael’s Church is one of Schwäbisch Hall’s most important monuments. Sanctied in 1156, the 53 steps link the church to the Marktplatz. At their widest point, the steps are 70 metres wide. They were built between 1507 and 1510. Since 1925 the steps have been used to stage the »Freilichtspiele«, the outdoor performances that are held every year in Schwäbisch Hall.
The German / Austrian artistic duo Martin Hesselmeier and Andreas Muxel have created »scala momentum«, an installation specifically designed for the broad steps leading up to St. Michael’s Church. It tracks the movements of people as they go up and down the steps and transforms them into an abstract light behaviour. Using computer-controlled spotlights – known as moving heads – the traces of passers-by on the steps are made visible, creating a choreography of past movements. Hesselmeier and Muxel see light as both an artistic material and a subject of research. In their work they playfully combine scientific methodology with artistic openness.
scala momentum by Martin Hesselmeier, Andreas Muxel
Development Tracking SoftwareMicha Thies
KulturRegion Stuttgart, Kulturbüro Schwäbisch Hall, Kunstverein Galerie am Markt Schwäbisch Hall