been making quasi-fictionalized documentaries and video installations
for several years now – efforts to expose the forces and mechanisms
of realities just out of the scope of our perception. With that
methodology in mind, I became interested in the idea of the ticker
For some time I had been eager to film a ticker tape parade from
its epicenter. In the fall of 2000, the famous Subway Series occurred.
I knew that a mass of debris floating down the “Canyon of
Heroes” was certain, and I wanted to be there to film it.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to shoot, but I knew the
debris would be the central focus.
When the day came in October of 2000, I grabbed my HI-8 camcorder,
a lightweight tripod and headed in. Once I managed to get across
a few police lines I found some interesting spots and began to tape
as much as I could. I covered various angles but ended up favoring
those without people – the floating debris was so amazing
on its own -- all the varieties, and speeds of it whirling around.
I was also fascinated by all the media coverage – the helicopters,
TV trucks, radio towers – I knew this should be a component
It turned out to be an excessively windy day, so
the paper really got going at times, whirling around in giant torrents
as the wind was trapped between the buildings. At one point, some
of these funnels of trash caught on fire – it happened to
be right in front of the World Trade Center. I moved toward the
smoke and ended up next to a free form tower of fire.
Later, in post-production, I realized this would become the drive
of the film – the implied destruction of downtown. So I
started with an event a lot of people experienced in some form
– the ticker tape parade. I then wanted to draw out some
existent but little realized realities or sub-contexts from the
experience. A storm happened that day – it was a storm of
communication and it overwhelmed us – you just had to look
at it the right way.