Always Nowhere

Liz Roberts's avatar Liz Roberts

A road movie where no one goes anywhere, Always Nowhere is a video sculpture that transposes windows for screens, evoking the dualities that occur while riding in a car - we are together but alone, sitting still but moving, passive but active - through the inherently cinematic experience of driving. The automobile becomes a stage on which romanticized dreams of the open road are projected via multi-channel video while an audio narrative explores the effects these delusions have on our collective psyche. Since moving back to the midwest, I spend many hours per week driving in a car. Having had a near-fatal crash, I find the tension between the interior appearance of serene safety and the exterior potentiality of mechanical destruction fascinating. This piece has been exhibited in two versions. The first is an immersive, interactive work installed inside a former auto dealership. The viewer sits inside the vehicle to watch video projected onto the windows while audio voiceover and distorted Born To Be Wild play through the existing car speakers. For the redux version, the piece transformed into a performative object encountered in an otherwise unaltered outdoor parking lot, the accompanying sound simply the rumble of a gas power generator. It was shown in this form at the 2013 SculptureX Symposium "The Everyday Spectacular." The iterations are combined anew for ArtPrize.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 15ft
  • Medium: video sculpture
  • Width: 6ft
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 5ft