Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach, 2008
Three-screen video installation, DV TRT 42 minutes
Bia Gayotto investigates the mobile space of the commute, exploring three parallel routes by foot, by train, and by car. Using a video camera and a monopod, she documents her disparate journeys. The resulting videos recall the style of early travelogues, featuring establishing shots with formal compositions and minimal camera movement. From footslogging to rail to automobile, Gayotto juxtaposes distinct modes of transportation that have superseded one another over time and prompt us to examine how the way we travel affects our experience of moving through space. Charting the in-between space of the commute, this artist’s travelogue reveals the physical and social landscape of Los Angeles.