1997 "Level"A 1997 exhibition called “Level” has made a recent comeback. You may have seen it around the interwebs.

This party, thrown by Hans Hemmert in Berlin, had visitors choose a suitable shoe-height in order to bring everyone to a 2 meter body height.

My interest in this has to do with the vague – but firm – statistic we’ve all heard: Taller people are more successful.

In fact, “Tall people make an average of $789 per inch per year… in large scale salary survey studies over 50 years in both the U.K. and the U.S.” said Arrianne Cohen, author of The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life from on High.

This idea has generated a lot of questions, but I don’t have the answers:

What would it be like to be the same height – as everyone? How would that affect our status in our differing cultures? Would it level the playing field, so to speak, or just make us glance at shoe-height to recognize the tallest person in the room? Are women’s high-heeled shoes trying to do this to some degree?

Hopefully we’ll all take some time to think about this.


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