Motor Hotel (Installation)

16mm transferred to digital video – two channel video loop with sound – 2007

A cinematic roadtrip along the forgotten stretches of Route 66 and similar highways that were cut-off and disconnected with the completion of the US Interstate freeway system. part of the future so bright series, which surveys abandoned spaces in the american west.

“Future So Bright” is a series of film/video installations that detail and document abandoned structures in the American West. Captured on 16mm film, transferred to digital video, and edited together with field recordings, the installations create a time capsule of forgotten and disregarded spaces, many of which are quickly being reclaimed by nature or new development. “Future So Bright” examines the disposable mentality of American Western expansion and takes note of the forgotten spaces and abandoned relics that are quickly disappearing.

The second piece in the series, “Motor Hotel” is a two-channel loop that features adjacent images of mid-century development that came with the advent of “car culture” and the family road-trip/vacation. “Motor Hotel” looks at the motels, roadside attractions and tourist traps that sprang up in the 1950s along popular travel corridors such as Route 66, only to be later bypassed and forgotten with the introduction of the Interstate highway system in the 1960s. “Motor Hotel” explores the abandoned ruins of these tourist boomtowns as they fall back into the natural landscape.
The images featured in Future So Bright were originally shot on 16mm film using a hand-cranked Bolex movie camera. The film was processed and transferred to digital video for editing and exhibition. Principle photography took place primarily in 2006, and includes locations in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and California. A soundtrack of field recordings and follied sound accompanies the images.


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