American filmmaker Bill Morrison, known for the award-winning Dawson City: Frozen Time, is a keen visual archaeologist and time traveler. In this 2005 short film commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he manages to unearth a “rarefied view” on the Brooklyn Bridge we can no longer experience.
[…] The unique central perspective lends itself to abstraction and time travel: the journey from one side of the East River to the other becoming a unit of both time and space, increasingly compressible and distributable.
The obsessive repetition in split screen view of the trolley trip from Manhattan to Brooklyn combined with T. Reynolds‘ original score creates a hypnotic effect which is likely to stay in our minds. Thanks to Aeon for letting us spot this gem.