THE CRITICAL CARYATID

A lyrical journey through Musikverein, the world’s first “fully objective concert hall”, where 32 statues observe, measure and analyse musical performance.

︎︎︎ Context
Diploma thesis at University of Applied Art, Design Investigations

︎ Meet the Caryatids

In 1833, Robert Schumann, a famous composer and music critic, was dreaming of a little machine: the "Compositionsseelenmesser". Whenever a young composer would come through the door to have their musical piece published, he would take their manuscript, put it in the machine, and when the magnet tongue wouldn't move, he could just tell the composer that their piece wasn't good enough, without having to insult or disappoint him.







©Johanna Pichlbauer