Peter Downsbrough

(New Jersey (USA), 1940)

Video: AND ALIGN, 1976

3/4 video, B&W, sound.
16 min. Produced by City Works, New York, USA.


"And Align" consists entirely of a woman, almost bored, almost passive, waiting at a street corner. The camera seems to lead, rather than follow, the central character. Time is the real protagonist of the film. The everyday environment is portrayed as a typical space of modern architecture; and as it submits its order and disorder for observation, both are dissected. Lines, surfaces and shapes are important components in the process of conceptualization and represent the dialogue that occurs between the urban space and the objects and people that inhabit it.