Back the Way He Came

Doug Ischar

2006, 06:30 minutes, colour, English


Back the Way He Came contrasts two sites of transient looking: a SM queer street fair (San Francisco) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The joys of the traveling gaze and the retinal stroking of the delightful – both human and Cultural - are invoked. The video is also a meditation on the simple act of walking, of 'passing,' where desire ‘buys’ what it can’t afford (window shopping) and disdains all bargains. Charles Ives' 'Elegy for Our Forefathers' – based on themes of Stephen Foster - serves as musical counterpoint and conceptual template. Back the Way… is itself an elegy for things past - passed by.

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