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Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria

For costuming, see Matthew Barney; for sound, Janet Cardiff; for art direction, Gregory Crewdson. Over the past ten years the art world has witnessed the incremental reinvention of the cinematic wheel, one department at a time, via the movie-besotted mediums of contemporary photography and video. Working together, using their accumulated knowledge of the film industry’s bounces, booms, and production schedules, the aforementioned trio could probably pull off a respectable feature. With Single Wide, 2002, a Möbius-like six-minute, ten-second meditation on memory and narrative, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler lay claim to the job of camera operator, pioneering a moving version of staged photography through their singular, adamant use of the dolly.

In one, long, circular tracking shot (with a small digression), Single Wide explores the nighttime terrain of a single-wide trailer home and

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