bicentennial man from di3it on Vimeo.
the setting is turn of the century los angeles, complete with human powered automobiles and penny farthing bicycles. main street is zoned as a freeway, with ginormous freeway signs on the pedestrian sidewalk. it starts out at the historic pacific electric building, where once-upon-a-time, the silver city had street cars whizzing from downtown to inglewood, from santa monica to pasadena..all over LA county and neighboring counties. the P&E building was where many of the electric light rail cars were parked.
then came the automobile. in a time when auto and tire manufacturers were buying up all the public transportation, the cobblestone streets of LA were literally paved over to smooth the way for the internal-combustion single-family-car/dwelling, with the passage of the highway act, the fate of economical, environmentally friendly public transportation was sealed in stone-which had been re-appropriated as asphalt. many of the streets in downtown LA are now crumbling, revealing the original cobblestone-and some of the rails-beneath!
follow our carefree adventurer as he braves the busy bustle on bygone technology, in his search for the wizard of trans himself!
featuring music by george gershwin and paul schoenfield (for educational use only)
inspired by Urban Systems at sci-ARC in los angeles, as usual, the assignment was to write a paper, so we made a film instead.
we collaborated on a film last semester for benjamin bratton's interfaces class. see it at spacecollective.org/di3it/5386/interface-short-film
starring mike nesbit
featuring mike piscitello
film concept by mike nesbit
directed/shot/edited by jonathan.m.isbell