Driving In

Jenn E Norton

2007, 09:13 minutes, colour, N/A


Driving In, 2007, is a video installation created specifically for ‘The World's smallest Art Gallery’ in Elora, Ontario. The gallery space, a parked Chevrolet Caprice Classic, becomes a reverse drive in movie-theater. The rear window of the station wagon is the projection screen that one would normally see through the windshield of a drive in. In this the Caprice is transformed from a stationary car into a prop within a traveling narrative comprised of scenery and eerily devoid of human characters. The scenery, reminiscent of footage that would traditionally be used as a backdrop to a plot line for b-movies of the Golden Era Hollywood films, is featured in ‘Driving In’. The fantastical landscape is created through the use of nostalgic cliché film effects, once a magical spectacle, no longer has the ability to evoke the suspension of disbelief. In the rear view mirror the reflected image is unaffected, using the rough footage that of the fantastical imagery seen through the windshield. Through technological hindsight the spectacle becomes transparent, the curtain comically pulled.

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