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11.12.08 - 11.16.08 | W. M. Keck Lecture Hall Gallery
Andrew Zago: XYT: Detroit Streets

Film Still from XYT; Detroit Streets (rough-cut), 2008. Andrew Zago Digital video, 5 min. 30 sec.

XYT: Detroit Streets (rough-cut) is a suite of nine short films documenting streets of Detroit through a new digital process. The suite is exhibited as a large-format, looped, multi-projector installation. These films reorder the mechanics of depth and movement to draw out the pervasive, but ephemeral atmosphere of Detroit’s extraordinary urban condition. XYT refers to a representation technique that inverts the terms of conventional photography and film in that it swaps time and motion for depth. As an urban documentation, it is linked, historically, to such works as the 18th century urban panorama and Eugene Atget’s views of Paris. As an experimental film technique, it is linked to the works of Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Étienne-Jules Marey, and Eadweard Muybridge. Unlike these works, which laid the groundwork for early-modernist spatial sensibilities, XYT: Detroit Streets captures a contemporary sensibility of unsettling distortion and movement as applied to a post-industrial urban landscape.