Beat Streuli

Murray Guy

In his photographs of people on the street, Beat Streuli has since the early ’90s straddled the line between portraying anonymity and individuality. More recently, his videos of transient urban life have expanded his repertoire, and the viewer’s patient consideration is rewarded as scenes gradually unfold with rows of people passing through the frame, imparting the sensation of long temporal flows. Streuli’s latest projects explore international city streets in four two-channel videos, which were installed on a rotating basis in projections. In The Pallasades 05-01-01, 2001, shot in Birmingham, England, a dense crowd of people moves in slow motion, seen from an almost perfectly frontal perspective. Marching toward the camera in waves of fabric and flesh, the pedestrians give an initial impression of mass alienation and withdrawal. But there is a great deal of physical detail, from body

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