Stainless alexanderplatz by Adam Magyar

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AUTHOR:

Adam Magyar

YEAR:

2011

LOCATION:

alexanderplatz, berlin 

PHOTOGRAPHS:

images © Adam Magyar

SOURCE: 

urbanvideoproject

TYPOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

art, video

SOCIOLOGICAL CATEGORIES:

COMMUNITY

EVOCATIVE CATEGORIES:

absence, continuitytown

 

NOTE:

Passionate about the devices our modern era provides I often grab sophisticated tools made for industrial purposes, convert them for art use and put them into a human context. I especially love working with the incredible amount of details that only a machine eye can see. Initially, I made the video as an illustration for the ‘Stainless‘ stills. I boarded the subway line U2 in Berlin with a high-speed camera and captured the platform as the train was arriving to Alexanderplatz. When I processed the data I saw an endless row of living sculptures. The film unveiled the beauty that lies in the simplest of scenes and the commonest of situations. Time turned almost tangible. Capturing 1000 frames per second is on the borderline of still photography and motion picture. It reveals a thrilling time dimension and gives rise to new perceptions. 
It takes about 12 seconds for a train to leave the tunnel and stop at the station. This is stretched in time to more than 8 minutes. I linked up three arrivals in this short film. In one of them, I am also standing on the platform capturing the train to place you in the position of the passengers in my photographs.

from: Adam Magyar