On Thursday 23 January 2014 UCLA- professor Erkki Huhtamo preluded the Vertical Cinema programme at IFFR 2014 with the lecture “Up and Down the Shaft of Time: An Archeology of Verticality”. In his lecture he elaborated on verticality as a cultural phenomenon.
Traditional cultural forms have normally emphasised horizontality. Verticality on the other hand, closely linked with urban and industrial developments, has become ever more important. This lecture presents a tentative archaeology of verticality, excavating its manifestations within technological and mediatized realms.