Kerry Tribe is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Tribe works primarily in moving images and installation, focusing on the mechanics and technologies of representation. With previous works dedicated to aphasia (a loss of capacity for language) and amnesia, Tribe is also interested in the different ways that we come to know the world, and share our unique experiences of it with others.
Exquisite Corpse (2016) is a 51-minute film that follows the Los Angeles River for its 51-mile length from the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean. The work chronicles the river’s neighbors—animal, human, and vegetal—and their stories with one minute devoted to each mile. Alternating close portraits of individuals with sweeping aerial views, Tribe’s video provides a beautiful image of the iconic river at this moment in time—one when its future development is imminent.
Image: Kerry Tribe, Exquisite Corpse, 2016 (still). Courtesy of the artist.