xing LA: from altadena to long beach
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 6 Departure Level
July 8, 2018 - January 29, 2019
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Stark Bar,
August 2, 2018 – January 29, 2019
Xing LA video installation investigates the mobile space of the commute exploring three parallel routes by foot, by train and by car, from Altadena to Long Beach. Using a video camera and a monopod, Gayotto documented her separate journeys. The resulting videos, installed on monitors placed side-by-side, recall the early travelogues, featuring establishing shots with formal compositions and minimal camera movements. The duration of each video screen is proportional to the time that it took the artist to traverse the landscape. While the car route took 20 minutes, and the train two hours, Gayotto spent five days walking along the LA River. “I found interesting parallels among these routes. The riverbed provided early train track construction, which later became freeway construction”, states Gayotto. “So when we are travelling the freeway we are also travelling the river.” Gayotto’s installation also includes a large-scale map annotated with observations, anecdotes, and reflections from the three journeys. From footslogging to modern modes of transportation, Gayotto’s challenging undertaking provides a portrait of the physical and social landscape of Los Angeles, presenting imagery often unnoticed and magnifying transitory moments.
Photo by Panic Studio LA, Courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).