NY A/V is a cross section through time and through space. It documents the entire length of Broadway Street in Manhattan over the period of seven days in 2001.
From sunrise to sunset for seven days, the city was collected and experienced as a seemingly continuous zoom following the trajectory of the development of the city. In 2005 this audio-video mapping of New York City was presented along the entire length of Manhattan as a moving installation on Broadway Street and engaged the passerby in observation and participation. A decade later, this document is presented as a historical document, a sliver of time in life of the city.
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Broadway Street, the only street deviating from the grid while traversing the entire island, is the section-cut. In this cross-section we inhabit and travel along this cut following the historical trajectory of the city north as a sliver of space within the city. The footage was collected exploiting the zoom feature of the camera as a filtering device, a measuring device and as an idea for traversing the city.
While zooming suggests great speeds and moments that merge into each other quickly, the process of collecting the footage is slower than the moments captured - a state of being zoomed in. Between each shot there is a 15-minute wait that involves the walk north (one-third of a city's block length) and the set-up of the next shot. Each of the seven days of the trajectory, the investigator, through the viewfinder, is entranced by a different place as the various personalities of the city are experienced.
Like Italo Calvino's recount of Venice in Invisible Cities, each day along this line, as we travel the city, is as if a different story has taken place. Day-by-day we inhabit and experience the various districts of the island as if side-by-side. These are marked, bounded and located by the sunrise and sunset of each day as well as by the streets that coincide with these time segments.
Like CAT scans of the city, 236 video shots are taken and these numerous section-cuts allow us to get inside, to understand the interiority of the city in both physical (visible, tangible) and ephemeral (fleeting, passing) ways. The assemblage of these individual, irreplaceable moments allow us to enter and to understand the city in its entirety as a physical entity that lives, throbs and changes.