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Darren Almond

The Approach / Chisenhale Gallery

LIVING IN NEW YORK, I almost never drive, but every so often I rent a car for an out-of-town trip. Then I seem to drive ceaselessly. Afterward I have intense dreams, not of driving exactly, but of driving's incessant forward motion—of being propelled ever deeper into a world of things that come at me and stream past on either side.

Darren Almond has filmed this dream. Geisterbahn (Ghost train), 1999, at The Approach, is nine minutes of continuous movement, slow but inexorable, filled with unpredictable twists and turns. And it must be a dream because nothing in it looks real, though of course it's all real—real illusionism.

Maybe I'd better explain. Geisterbahn was shot on an old haunted-house train ride in Vienna. The camera was placed on the front of the train, and the film simply shows what one would have seen on the ride: all the not-very-scary ghosts, ghouls, and miscellaneous

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