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Film still from Transient

Art invades the streets via New York City cabs.
From September 9 through September 15, visual artist Amir Baradaran will debut TRANSIENT, a series of 40-second video installations infiltrating NYC taxicabs for one week. “TRANSIENT is intended as an ephemeral gift, foregrounding the possibilities of liminal states. Baradaran seeks to capture, challenge and transform the everyday modalities of NYC cab rides by interrupting Taxi TV’s regular programming flow in 6,300 taxicabs, to be viewed by approximately 1.5 million passengers. Using the technology against itself, TRANSIENT solicits focus in a space marked by dispersed attention and invisible human boundaries. Comprised of shots of a driver’s steady gaze in the rear-view mirror or through the grainy, often-stained plexiglass partitions, the incisive videos take the experiential disjuncture between the driver and passenger as their point of departure. ‘It was not my intention to make a humanist statement,’ says Baradaran, ‘but rather to create a space of introspection.'”


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