The Wilderness Downtown

This chapter, named after an Arcade Fire song title, investigates the theme of life in megacities and suburbs. Many of the videos make use of computer-generated pictures to construct imaginary states, moods and disruptions of urban life and all have different approaches to exploring the city. From videos which track people through the streets and highways, revealing the excesses and debauchery of the darkest corners, to those which see the cityscape as a bustle of cultural and social possibilities. This section addresses our dynamic and often conflicted view of the urban sprawls which many of us call home.

List of works

Gil Scott-Heron - New York is Killing Me (Chris Cunningham Remix) (2010)
UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights (1998)
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997)
Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own (2007)
Kylie Minogue - Come Into My World (2002)
Make the girl dance - Baby, Baby, Baby (2009)
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl (2004)
Ladytron - Seventeen (2002)
Amon Tobin - Working Girl (2004)
Whomadewho - Keep me in my plane (2009)
Clinic - Walking With Thee (2002)
DJ Shadow - Six Days (2002)