The longer you look at Michael Michlmayr’s Escalator and Pedestrian series, the more complex their composite time-space continuum becomes. Michlmayr layers individual images on top of each other, putting people into multiple roles, which creates the action in the scene. The people move through different temporal and spatial dimensions without traveling in any particular direction. In their uniform clothing, they become interchangeable, and questions of individuality inevitably arise.
The artist lets reality and fiction coexist in urban anonymity. At the same time, he ignores linear chronology and multiples the space to create one unified and harmonic work. Michlmayr takes it one step further, questioning the reproductive function of photography – visual indicators of their position in the time-space continuum no longer exist.