STATIORAMA is a video installation compiling 4000 photos of gas stations taken in 11 countries. It is conceived as a dynamic and interactive slide-show recounting an 8000 km and 3 months photographic survey of the European highway network. It depicts the highway as a city in motion developing like an infinitely ramified network transcending national and cultural borders. Gas stations appear as new public places, staging an unexpected choreography enacted 24 hours a day by millions of commuters, tourists, truck drivers, prostitutes, and refugees. The fast and serial sequencing of the video intends to produce a hallucination of the banal, reflecting the ongoing standardisation of our contemporary urban landscapes, but also the intense social life that unfolds along the highway.
This work was assisted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, and AFAA grant "L'Envers des Villes" 2001. Video mix by Thomas Wessel-Cessieux and Gilles Delalex. All photographs by Gilles Delalex and David Laperche 2002.
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