Around the World...Around the Wuurld...Around the World... Around the Wuuuuuurrrrrlllllllld!
Station to Station is a revolutionary feature comprising of 62 one minute films. The most fun you could have on a train in an hour!
At the Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills
Doug Aitken, the Director, is not only an American filmmaker and artist, he's an artistic genius who had my guest and I talking about his latest piece of moving installation art, Station to Station, for well over 62 minutes after we'd seen it!
Station to Station is a 62 minute film of 1 minute 'happenings' spanning 4000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific and it's a sensual kaleidoscope.
In the summer of 2013, a train designed as a kinetic light sculpture by artist Doug Aitken traveled from New York City to San Francisco over 24 days. Rolling into ten stations on the route, the train set in motion a series of happenings, each unique to its location and mix of creative participants.
Merging artistic licence, food creation, music, intimate vocal moments and the diverse American landscape into an amazing piece of editorial exhibitionism rolled into 24 days.
The film includes profiles, intimate moments on the train, conversations, and performances at the happenings: Ed Ruscha describing the discoveries to be made in the great American landscape; Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert; Jackson Browne reflecting on the influence of the railroad on his music, and many life stories.
62, one minute films, rolling out on a train of 'happenings'
Artists spanning generations: Beck, to Mavis Staples to Patti Smith and oh, what a delight…. Giorgio Moroder too… (he was born in 1940 and is the pioneer of sync and electronic music).
Doug Aitken: His art has been exhibited in museums all over the world, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the Whitney Biennial and earned the International Prize - Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation "electric earth". Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize and the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts.
Artist and Film Director
Defying definitions of genre, Doug Aitken explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. His work leads us into a world where time, space and memory become fluid. His films often explore the modern condition, and his transformative installations create immersive cinematic experiences.
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I urge you to go and see this film, especially as it's featuring at the GoldenAge Cinema in Surry Hills. What a treat!