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Misleading Innocence [videorecording]: Tracing What a Bridge Can Do

a documentary film by Francesco Garutti ; directed by Shahab Mihandoust ; produced by Canadian Centre for Architecture
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
"This film is part of a curatorial project carried out by Francesco Garutti while in residence as Emerging Curator 2013-2014 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The film explores the controversial story of the planning and politics of a series of overpasses on Long Island, commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s by the influential American public administrator Robert Moses. The story suggests that the bridges had been designed expressly to prevent the passage of buses, thereby only allowing people who could afford to own a car to access Long Island's leisure spaces. The questions that the story raises are timlier now than ever before. They engage with issues of secrecy and control, the morals of power and the effects of technology: What is the relationship between politics and artefacts? How and to what degree can a project's intentions be deliberately concealed? What are the deviously designed effects and the unplanned political consequences of the agency of the artefacts that surround us? The film explores these questions through interviews with four scholars who in the 1980s and 1990s debated possible interpretations of the case. The film alludes rather than explains, interweaving reportage with the abstraction of theories. It mixes the deafening sound of automobiles with the singing of the birds that live along the parkways of Long Island, which are now almost one hundred years old."--Container.
Director
Shahab Mihandoust; Giovanna Borasi
Performers
Interviewees, Bruno Latour, Steve Woolgar, Lee E. Koppelman, Langdon Winner, Bernward Joerges ; with the participation of Ron Kudla, Frank Bandiero.
Release Date
2014
Run Time
49 min.
Language
English
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
Variant Title
Tracing what a bridge can do
Credits
Written by Francesco Garutti ; cinematography, Erin Weisgerber ; edited by Francesco Garutti, Shahab Mihandoust ; sound editing and mixing, Marguerite Luu ; production, Canadian Centre for Architecture ; curatorial direction, Giovanna Borasi ; camera, Mehrdad Azmin, Erin Weisgerber ; sound recording, Fatemeh Ahmadi.
Published
Montréal : Canadian Centre for Architecture, [2014]
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Description
1 videodisc (49 min., 43 sec.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD.
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