This is an excerpt of a 12 minute, single channel, video loop installed as part of the Parallel Cases exhibition in February 2013.
Parallel Cases is a collaboration by artists Joe Riley and Audrey Snyder. In the summer of 2012, they traveled atop abandoned railroads throughout California and Oregon on a pair of railbikes. They brought along a small letterpress, some ink, type, and paper to document the journey and record their exploration of two concurrent histories: the demise of railroad infrastructure and the cultural and technological shifts in commercial printing. A nearly forgotten point of convergence for these histories lies in the tramp printers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, itinerant printers who roamed the country by foot and by freight, seeking work at newspapers and publishing houses as typesetters.
Upon returning to New York, the artists printed a book on the project and held at exhibition at Cooper Union.
For more images and documentation, see the project blog: parallelcases.tumblr.com/ and this flickr set: flickr.com/photos/dont-front/sets/72157630153119222/