an untitled place on Flickr.
untitled on Flickr.
“Street, a new video by the British-born artist James Nares, forms the centerpiece of this exhibition. Over the course of a week in September 2011, Nares—a New Yorker since 1974—recorded sixteen hours of footage of people on the streets of Manhattan from a moving car using a high-definition camera usually used to record fast-moving subjects such as speeding bullets and hummingbirds. He then greatly slowed his source material, editing down the results to one hour of steady, continuous motion and scoring it with music for twelve-string guitar composed and performed by his friend Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth.”
This is wonderful. It makes me think of the way the mind works as you walk the streets with a camera; that hyper-awareness of objects and people continually shifting through the imaginary ‘frame’ in your head, a multitude of compositions forming and dissolving around you. When you’re in the moment, time seems to slow down like this.