Station to Station- Film


Station to Station- Film

Friday, April 1st at 6-7:30 pm, The Nordic House. Free entrance. 

Over 24 days, the Station to Station train traveled 4,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific. As it stopped in large cities and remote locations, a constantly changing group of artists, musicians, and performers took part in a series of unique happenings. The Station to Station feature film is made-up of 62 one-minute films including conversations, performances and unrepeatable moments from the journey, bringing together an amazing cross-section of people and places, from icons of culture to a hitchhiker found on a desert road. With each changing minute the film explores creativity through a different artist, musician, place or perspective, ultimately revealing a larger sense of modern expression transcending the individual voices. Station to Station is a journey through our evolving creative culture.

FEATURING: Beck / Jackson Browne / Patti Smith / Thurston Moore / Ed Ruscha / Doug Aitken / Mark Bradford / Giorgio Moroder / Mavis Staples / Cat Power / Lawrence Weiner / William Eggleston / No Age / Urs Fischer / Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti / Olafur Eliasson / Dan Deacon / Christian Jankowski / Ernesto Neto / Thomas Demand / Mark Bradford / Sasha Frere-Jones / Cold Cave / Stephen Shore / Suicide / Lucky Dragons / Eleanor Friedberger / Gary Indiana / Paolo Soleri / Scott Dadich / The Congos / Savages / Aaron Koblin / Sun Araw / Liz Glynn / Yoshimio Trio / THEESatisfaction / White Mystery / Sam Falls / Black Monks of Mississippi / Cornbread Harris / Bloodbirds / Kate Casanova / The Conquerors / Jonah Bokaer / Destruction Unit / Mike Reynolds / Kansas City’s Marching Cobras / Rick Prelinger.

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Sundance Review, by Boyd van Hoeij.

Director Doug Aitken’s high-concept experimental feature consists of 61 one-minute short films that recount a transcontinental train journey and its associated art events.

U.S. artist-director Doug Aitken directed the semi-experimental Station to Station, which consists of no less than 61 short films, each one-minute long. The feature, 71 minutes in total including the opening and end credits, was shot over the course of 24 days in 2013, when a train with Aiken’s “kinetic light sculpture,” fixed to the train’s outer shell, traveled from New York to San Francisco. Aboard the vehicle and along the way, at 10 different stops, art happenings with participants from media ranging from music and photography to dance and the visual arts were organized. They all find their way into the film organically, which thus becomes a meditation on art, (train) travel and transience. Festivals and gallery-type spaces will find this thrilling while regular audiences shouldn’t worry about this potentially diminishing the quantity of multiplex screens simultaneously screening The Hobbit anytime soon.

The film is described early on as a “journey through modern creativity.” That’s one way of looking at it, though the film’s forced segmentation offers at least 60 others. Practically, each short contains at least a shot of the train or a view from the train, but for the art happenings at and close to the various stations, the camera, handled by Aitken and Corey Walter, obviously ventures outside.