Video: "Civilization"

Civilization by Marco Brambilla from CRUSH on Vimeo.

Above: "Civilization," a video installation by artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators in the Standard Hotel in NYC.
It's comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down. Pictures of the installation and Q&A with Brambilla and Crush are posted here.
(Thanks, Richard Metzger!)


  1. sorry, but there is no way in Hades the engine room of the Magic Christian belongs in Hell. Nor is Micheal Jackson ever making it to heaven.

  2. I bet this thing would look AMAZING on a huge flat screen. Seems like it would be much better viewed on something like that, than on what oculd fit into an elevator.

  3. Pretty neat! Though I’m kind of curious how Arnold seems to be inhabiting heaven and hell simultaneously.

    Did Brambilla actually manage to get permission to use all those video clips or does this fall under “fair use” somehow?

  4. Gee – it all seemed kind of hellish to me.

    I think it’s a combination of the music and that everyone is stuck in a repeating role.

    That said, looked awesome!

  5. @#6 ^Bump

    I’d like to know about permission/fair use in this work – *PLEASE* consider interviewing him for an episode of BBTV.

  6. oh! is that what that was, sorry, here. (don’t worry about the manky bits, it’ll brush right off)

  7. It’s like I Spy. I was staring at this last night looking at it all. ET made it to Heaven! Air Force One buzzes Mt. Rushmore and Christ! Death Star II! etc.

  8. Brainspore, in Judaic-Chistian-Islamic tradition God is omnipresent, this means that he is everywhere and if he is everywhere them he is in Hell too (souls in Hell wouldn’t need God more than in Heaven?)

  9. I like the idea that i would be rowing naked in a slave boat when i am in heaven if i were a woman, but since i am a man, i pretty sure, i would do the watching instead of rowing.

  10. you ,miss the point Duncan, the important thing is you get to be flogged by Raquel Welch in a leather bikini.

  11. At 1:00 there is a bridge across the middle of the screen – the men in red are from Norman McLaren’s Canon:

    Starts at 4:16.

    Also – at 1:27 at center screen, the flying diamonds are from Superman II!

    2:10 for best dramatic effect.

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