To launch High Line Channel 22, High Line Art is collaborating with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) to present Gordon Matta-Clark’s City Slivers, a film created in 1976 and originally projected on the exterior façade of the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan during the Arcades exhibition.
Matta-Clark’s City Slivers is an ode to New York City’s landscape. Using photograph mattes to partially cover the camera lens, Matta-Clark fragmented the film frame into narrow vertical strips that offer glimpses of urban life and captures the syncopated rhythm and texture of the city. The film features scenes such as aerial views of taxi-filled avenues, the Empire State Building presiding over the Manhattan skyline, and people moving through revolving doors, with many of the viewpoints contrasting the static presence of the buildings and architectural structures against the ceaseless flow of traffic and pedestrians.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.