by James Nares
James Nares, Street (Still), 2011, high-definition audio with sound, Music by Thurston Moore, 61 min., Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, © 2014 James Nares
East Building, Main Hall Video Gallery
April 6–September 7, 2014
Over the course of a week in September 2011, Nares—who has lived in New York City since 1974—recorded 16 hours of high-definition footage of people on the streets of Manhattan. Employing a high-speed camera that is normally used from a stationary position to capture fast-moving subjects, Nares recorded his footage from the windows of a moving car. He then slowed the video, editing down the results into 61 minutes of steady, continuous motion, which, if shown in real time, would last only three minutes. The video is accompanied by a score for 12-string guitar, composed and performed by Thurston Moore, singer and guitarist formerly with the band Sonic Youth.
Explains Nares, “My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity … a film to be viewed a hundred years from now.”
Street is part of an ongoing series in the Museum’s Main Hall video gallery that will feature two video installations per year.
Main Hall Video Projects are made possible by PNC.