"AT THE VERY TOP" stories about Galtür and the world
AT THE VERY TOP (GANZ OBEN) Stories about Galtür and the World
In “At the Very Top“, visitors listen to stories with all of their senses. Stories about people who moved from here out into the world. About those who discovered the village in the valley from far off places. Is Galtür the start, the end or the middle of the world? This position is in the eye of the beholder. Depending where that position is, either their view of the world opens outward or it focuses inward. Holzer Kobler Architekturen tell these stories in images, sounds and animated transformations. With At the Very Top, visitors are invited to engage in an exciting journey into the valley, up mountains and to remote countries and times gone by.
THE GALTÜR GENTIAN
THE GATLÜR GENTIAN
Gentiana have been grown in Galtür as long as anyone can remember. Some families even made a living from distilling and selling schnapps. The right to plant Gentiana roots in the Alpe Tschiffanella (Großvermunt) is specifically mentioned in a rental Agreement form the Year 1705. In 1992, the people of Glatür had to go to the Higher Administrative Court to continue this Tradition. In November 2013, knowledge of the Locations as well as harvesting and use of the spotted Gentian (Gentiana Punctata) was added to the list of intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria.
sphere of influence
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE (WIRKUNGSKREIS)
The difficult conditions have so many of Galtür´s inhabitants out into the world, not just seasonally, but forever. A furnance builder becomes the forefather of a Family of Hoteliers in Paris and a child of an unmarried couple a church painter in the USA. Vague homesickness in captured on film and on canvas. Even tourists have memorialised this longed-for place on a gravestone in sicily and a spirited climbing tour led to the Invention of a world-famous sun cream. Hospitable dynasties of mountain and ski guides have excorted their Clients not only through the rocky Homeland but into the Caucasus Mountains and back.
wandering around the space between
THE SPACE BETWEEN(DAZWISCHENRAUM)
…wander around Dazwischenraum (the Space Between)! This room has no beginning and no end. Here, accompanied by LED ropes, visitors wander following the venue‘s trails. Rising out of the sea the mountains formed and became a place for the people of Wals to live and settle. Time and again people followed the call of the world – and of necessity: as pilgrims, soldiers, Swabian children and smugglers. Until tourism brought the world to Galtür. The village presented itself as the most determined holiday village in the 1990s. That determination was also the driving force behind the refusal to develop the glaciers and thus refusal of mass tourism. Instead they, the glaciers, can be called here. Calling the Glacier is an art project by Kalle Laar. The Vernagtferner glacier in the Öztal Alps provides lots of information about its condition.
Once the tourist infrastructure had been securely created at the top of the mountain with mountain huts, attention turned to the businesses in the valley. The Rössle mentioned in around 1600 was modernised and the sophisticated Hotel Fluchthorn emerged. The likes of Albert Einstein, Karl Kraus and Sir Karl Popper etc. came... To entertain the guests, a dance band was hired and guests swivelled about to the “Ski Waltz”. In 1950 the first draglift was constructed in Galtür. Somewhat later a farmer attempted to establish a herd of reindeer in Galtür. What was deemed a media sensation met a tragic end: all of the animals died within the first five years. Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Reinhard Fendrich, among others, are today‘s most famous visitors.
a welcome guest
A WELCOME GUEST
Innsbruck travel and mountain painter Maria Peters stayed in Galtür for 3 weeks in spring 2013. Not in a hotel, instead she camped out in the Jam Valley, steeped in history, in a tent and painted the “Blaue Silvretta” on site there. This area documents the background and the outcome of this secretive venture. (www.maria-peters.at)
Before being surveyed and commercialised, the world must first be ascended and conquered. Mountaineers such as the Swiss Johann Jakob Weilemann not only climbed to spectacular peaks (Fluchthorn 1861, Piz Buin 1865) but they also attracted more and more new visitors to the mountains with thrilling descriptions of their adventures. Their equipment was simple – but elegant as was their style. The big, wide world blew into a valley where people still acted as before based on a traditional image of home and the hazard of extremely dangerous snow levels loomed, exacerbated by a belief in God and in wooden structures (as opposed to steel and concrete). Hence the measuring too.
In this fully mirrored space, which replicates into infi nity, visitors seek to orient themselves and may even lose their physical stability. The eff ect of the room is accentuated by a three-part sound journey that starts with the self and travels through the history of the world. The sounds transliterate the body’s perceptions as it moves through the world and ultimately even into the infi nite expanses of the universe. Where am I? And how many? From Galtür to Infinity!
Stories by and about people from Galtür can be found in books, on walls, in audio features and speech bubbles. Christian Bernhard (Christli Kuahaut) could carry fully-grown cows, a frozen stiff corpse was suspended from a stable lamp by its open, gaping jaw and Ernest Hemingway, Johann Jakob Weilemann and many travellers, climbers, topographers and writers, poets and journalists, men and women etc. have all related and talked until an almost realistic mountain paradise or hell arose from literature: GALTÜR. The result of verbal accounts and writings.
mountains in motion
A further - new - attraction at the Alpinarium Galtür is Pictures in Motion.
“Galtür, a Village in the Mountains”, that is what mountaineer and director Lutz Maurer called his documentary about the avalanche of 23 February 1999. The film describes how the natural disaster occurred and provides an insight into how this fate has changed Galtür and its people. There is a hint of nostalgia among the state-of-the-art technology: the folding seats from the former Galtür cinema hall of the 1970s come into play splendidly here.