new-york

Leandro Katz

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Leandro Katz’s film for two projectors and zigzag-folded screen, Metropotamia, is a delirious rhapsody to city life, big city life—which means New York City life. The film is given structure by the passing of one day, from sunrise to nightfall; Katz makes no attempt to represent the passage of that time realistically, however, preferring instead to speed everything up—clouds, traffic, people all rush by, ever faster against the looming stillness of buildings and highways. The images are of frenetic activity and barely contained force—traffic hurtles toward the camera only to stop obediently as the light changes; people tumble down escalators into the subway as though carried over a waterfall; clouds swirl as though steaming from a kettle.

The romantic aspect of the film, the pleasure it takes in the look of the city and the rhythms of its movement, is accentuated by the soundtrack, composed

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