Pumping

A Joel Tauber Project

 

The installation

 

 

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Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (installation photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

 

1873  

Los Angeles

6,000 people living in a semi-desert

 

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (installation photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

 

Dreams of trains  

Rumbling through the landscape

Ushering in “Civilization”, Christianity, and Economic Progress

 

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (installation photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

 

A massive government handout  

The Southern Pacific Railroad seizes it

and commandeers the City

 

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (installation photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

 

Bribes

Propaganda

Squashing of rivals

Escalation of freight prices

 

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (installation photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

 

Pullman Strike

 

Adamski Gallery (installation photo by Martin Zellerhoff)

 

Army quells strike

 

 

Adamski Gallery (installation photo by Martin Zellerhoff)

 

Trains

Tracks

Infrastructure

 

 

Adamski Gallery (installation photo by Martin Zellerhoff)

 

Proclamations of paradise

 

Pumping Water
45″x60″.  Lightjet print.

 

 

Migration

Rapid growth

Sprawl

 

Pumping The Handcar
45″x60″.  Lightjet print.

 

 

An exciting city emerges

 

 

Pumping Oil
45″x60″.  Lightjet print.

 

A powerful railroad facilitates and shapes its growth

 

Cranking The Camera
45″x60″.  Lightjet print.

 

The installation at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (December 2010 – January 2011) was comprised of three film / video projections, eighty feet of train tracks, a giant metal “filmstrip”, eleven photographs, and a handcar sculpture.  The project was later presented at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin and the Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) as 3 video projections (without the other photographic and sculptural elements).

 

The film

 

 

A lonely figure rides his handcar through the desert.  He hauls his precious jug of water.  Ominous memories of oil pumping continually haunt him.  Shot with a hand-cranked camera, “Pumping” collapses time, as it contemplates big industry and our relationships with finite resources.

6’28”.  2011. Surround Sound or stereo.  16mm film transferred to HD video.  16:9.  1080P/23.976.

 

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Official Selection of the 2015 Goa Short Film Festival (Kothrud Pune, India), the 2014 Kanyakumari International Film Festival (Kanyakumari, India), the 2014 Pune Short Film Festival (Kothrud Pune, India), the 2014 IMA International Film Festival (Thrissur, India), the 2014 Transition Town Totnes Film Festival (Totnes, England), the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival, and Louisville’s International Festival of Film (2011)