1974, 27 min, b&w, sound

Moving, an early tape in Downey's Trans Americas series, is a diaristic "road video," a personal Portapak journey through North and South America. Travelling from Cambridge to the tip of Chile, Downey first drove across the country to California with artists Willoughby Sharp and Frank Gillette, and then continued by train through the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. In his role as cultural nomad and observer, Downey describes not only a physical, literal journey, but a continual state of "being." He revels in the unexpected details of the everyday; each moment has its life and beauty. From the American landscape of interchangeable airports, motels and freeways to the imposing terrain of the Andes, Downey distills a sense of cultural context, time and place.


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