concept of the open road is embedded in American culture. And yet the
majority of the population lives in spreading urban and suburban regions
incessantly devour all proximate open land and where the possibility of
driving ones car becomes ever more remote. The city as an edifice operates
a scale that is increasingly removed from the physical scale of individual
Just as a fly, in the course of its short life, sees us in slow motion,
so may we
see the city in the same manner. In “traffic” the speed of
the city is made visible.
For us this massive structure, gigantic and gorged, moves in slow motion.
Given this relationship, the open road may actually exist in this environment,
but on a scale that is invisible to us. The web of freeways, clogged and
might be a thrilling ride were we able to view them at the speed dictated
their own size. We zoom out. The freeways become a single object.
A car becomes a camera driving along the back of the massive structure,
and the resulting footage, sped up, becomes a way to see beyond the details,
to make a massive object visible.
The car will be used as an orthoscopic / arthroscopic device. A video
will be mounted to the car. The car will be driven around a labyrinth
The resulting footage will be used to make a film in which the speed of
footage is compressed, obscuring details from the scale of individual
human activity, allowing a larger picture to become visible in a concrete