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Eagle
Street Scripts
The Legacy of the Dead
L.A. Crash
5th Street
A Street Story
Noir
Where the streets have no name
Flow
5 Photographs
Ocean Front Walk
MacArthur Park
The Legend of Zorro
Traffic
A Speech
Les Skateurs
Vous-êtes allemand?
Javi
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Ocean Front Walk
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Video Loop, 3 min, 2006/07
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In a fixed camera position, the video shows a small section of the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California. While in the foreground cyclists and joggers cross the image in very regular succession, two policemen appear in the background, strolling along the hilly lawn and stopping briefly in order to inspect the traffic on the Front Walk. In addition, police car sirens gradually emerge in the off, referring to conflicts beyond the homogeneous, idyllic space in front of the camera. Another sound, which appears to originate from the area behind the camera, can be made out as the shaking of spray cans, creating a connection to the graffiti on the trunks of the palm trees. The different elements of the video offer an only minimal, subtle narrative on the edge of perceptibility. The looped video is shown as a projection measuring up to 5 x 7 feet.