Broad steps leading up to St Michael's Church, Schwäbisch Hall
Martin Hesselmeier und Andreas Muxel: »scala momentum«
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 design. 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.
Martin Hesselmeier, born 1978, and Andreas Muxel, born 1979 in Austria, both studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. In his works, Hesselmeier examines the credibility of media content and blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds. Andreas Muxel's experimental works focus on the interlacing of code and material.
The two artists work together on projects that examine the quality of light. Their collaborations include "capacitive body", a modular light system that reacts to the sound of its environment, and their installation "the weight of light" won first prize at the 2015 International Light Art Awards.
With its broad, imposing steps, St Michael's Church is one of Schwäbisch Hall's most important monuments. Sanctified 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.
Am Markt 1
74523 Schwäbisch Hall
Open to visitors at all times