In New York there isn't much more routine then taking an elevator ride. With the exception of freak accidents elevators usually function in the same way. Press the button, wait, get in and awkwardly attempt not to look at other people, get off.
As routine as elevator rides may be, my classmate Laura seems to share the same fascination of elevators that I have. Together with Ben we imagined disrupting the routine of elevator usage.
In the style of old train tickets, we created an elevator ticket and instructed visitors to the NYU Tisch building that a ticket was required for using the elevator.
Using the reasoning of 'safety' and 'efficiency' we asked visitors for his/her destination floor and collected tickets prior to boarding the elevator. The ticket was not presented as an option but instead as a requirement to use the elevator.
The responses varied from mild amusement, to annoyance and non compliance. It was interesting that most elevator users accepted the reasoning of 'efficiency' or 'safety' at face value, even as we were not dressed in a way that might suggest authority.