Accident

ACCIDENT
A FOUR CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION BY BARNABY LEVY, SCREENS SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2009


Accident is a four wall video installation that displays four major streets in Los Angeles: Beverly Blvd., Sepulveda Blvd., Washington Blvd., and Western Ave.. Each was videotaped through the windshield of a 1987 Ford Crown Victoria, then divided into five parts and twenty composers chose a section to score as they pleased. Then twenty writers were invited to add words (read or performed) to the sections of sound and image.

Accident is shown on four walls in a square room. Each wall displays one street in a video loop while its audio is "projected" from overhead with directional audio so that a viewer walks through a beam of sound related to the screen they are watching. As each street has a different length, the relationships between the streets, the sounds, and the words will be continuously changing, and as viewers pass through the room, they make ever-changing connections between the streets of Accident.

Composers:
Writers:
Shane Cadman
Greg Terlizzi & Tim Peacock
Ricky Minor
Ken Johnston
Anne Perrich
Steve Abee
Jesse Collins
Stephan Wagner
Allison Abner
Heather Woodbury

Composers:
Writers:
Steve Stewart & Weba Garretson
Ken Mazur
Richard Zvonar
Tom Rettig
Rocky Grisez
Carol Jacobs
Simon Leung
Jonathan Brandeis
Toby Cecchini
Allison Carey 

Composers:
Writers:
Elma Meyer
Mary Orasund
Bill Burnett
John Beasley
Jeff Renfroe
Douglas Rothschild
Magdalene Athena
Dennis Cruz
Rita Cash
Lisa Keller

Composers:
Writers:
Eli Brueggemann
Pancho Tomaselli
Martha Atwell
Paul DuGré
Tim Fischer
Patience Moll
Deirdre Mendoza
Beth Dewey
Doug Lane
Evie Seifu

Here is a more in depth description of the project:

Accident is a four-wall video installation involving four streets in Los Angeles inspired by the compositional game of Exquisite Corpse. Like the creation of an exquisite corpse, each video wall of Accident becomes the page where a composer or writer adds their work unaware of what comes before or after. Each composition is a series of sounds and words that lead to unexpected intersections of ideas as the editorial decisions (sound and image alike) are made when an audience chooses to look at one wall or another. Accident presents a metaphor for life in Los Angeles - in its theme and content, process of creation, and the viewer's experience - the chance meetings, intersections, and influences of simultaneous stories in this enormous city.

Beverly Blvd., Sepulveda Blvd., Washington Blvd., and Western Ave. were videotaped through the windshield of the same car. Each was divided into five parts and twenty five composers were invited to choose a section and add music as they pleased. With the scores attached, twenty five writers were invited to add words (which were read or performed to their specifications). In this way, the collaborators created 25 sections; each made of three layers (video, music, and voices), to complete the four streets of Accident.

Accident is shown on four walls in a square room. Each wall displays one street in a video loop while its audio is "projected" with directional audio so that a viewer walks through a beam of sound related to the screen they are watching. As each street has a different length, the relationships between the streets, the sounds, and the words will be continuously changing, and as viewers pass through the room, they make ever-changing connections between the parts of Accident.

Accident engages its audience in a number of ways. It can be seen as its components: an environment created by four simple moving images and sound, or it can be perceived as a series of choices. Do I wait and see where this street goes? Will I miss an event on another wall? If I stop listening to the words, what will be said when I move away? Accident asks its audience to discover new sets of coincidences by assembling an experience made of fragments of sound, conversation, image, motion and to create his or her own Exquisite Corpse while moving through the intersection that the installation creates.

When installed at full scalle, Accident creates a space where four streets intersect on four video panel walls measuring 18'x9'x5". There are four entrances into the viewing space, as the video walls do not meet at the corners. Built into each wall is an LED panel 18'x6'x3". Hanging from the ceiling are four sets of directional speakers each projecting an audio stream (like a beam of light from a flashlight, or a shower of water) towards the video it corresponds to.

Start Time:
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 10:00am
End Time:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:00pm
Location:
Take My Picture
Street:
860 S. Broadway (at 9th Street)
City/Town:
Los Angeles, CA 90026


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