March 28 – July 6, 2014
West Building, Project Room
Overview: James Nares’ Street is a 61-minute video homage to this British-born American’s adopted home of New York City. Made with a high-definition camera, it was shot from a moving car in six-second bursts, the technological threshold for recording at such high definition. Nares then slowed down the footage, edited it to create a continuous flow, and asked Thurston Moore, cofounder of the rock band Sonic Youth, to score it.
The result is a hypnotic ode to city life that seems suspended somewhere between still and moving images. Details that normally escape one’s attention—the movement of a hand, the emergence of a smile, a glance upward—assume the power of profound truths, while insignificant moments (the toss of a cigarette, the way rain drops bounce off an umbrella, or the breeze ruffles a woman’s blouse) take on the quality of the sublime.
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