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Jennifer West’s One Mile Film

Jennifer West, One Mile Film . . . , 2012, 35 mm transferred to HD video, color, silent, 58 minutes 40 seconds. For full title of work, see page 268.

THIS PAST OCTOBER 17, one of the first cold nights of fall, Los Angeles artist Jennifer West screened One Mile Film . . . , 2012, a work shot, altered, and, not least, projected on the High Line in New York. (It was commissioned by High Line Art.) Underneath the arch of the Standard Hotel, a group of underdressed viewers, shivering and stamping, gathered to watch the film’s layered, jittery views of the park and the neighborhood, sequences of varying tone and saturation showing two young parkour performers doing handstands, flips, and balancing tricks on the rails of the park’s undeveloped section, while scribbles, political messages, and hearts, written on and scratched into the film, flew by.

Production on One Mile Film began last June, when West shot more than a mile’s worth of footage on 35-mm film on and around the High Line. She spent about two days filming the area: the

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