layover

Single-channel video, color, sound, 60:00 (2002)



Layover consists of a single, hour-long shot of a commercial airliner at port awaiting attention. Around it activity comes and goes, the sky changes, and still the plane stands unattended. In this motionless event concepts of duration, patience, memory, and simple boredom emerge and recede while hovering nearby is the recurrent (and always unfulfilled) expectation that there might be an interruption in the state of non-activity. Filmed two months after September 11, Layover obliquely considers issues of safety and monotony, the capability of technological systems to provide both on a predictable basis, and the ability of images and technologies to alter the perceptions of one another.