A 2.5 minute video of the project on exhibit at Fountain NY 07 is posted on YouTube, you can see it here.
"Around the World in a NYC Taxi" is a video sculpture in an actual decommissioned 2003 Ford Crown Victoria New York yellow cab. What makes the Big Apple so vibrant are the people. In a NYC cab, even though you are traveling across town, you can talk with the driver who often comes from one of the four corners of the world. Videos of my interviews with various NY cab drivers and scenes of the city will be projected from 6 projectors inside the cab onto the vehicle's windows. The main film is a split feed that plays in both front driver and passenger side windows. The other windows show views of streets of the city taken as if you were sitting in the cab. This allows the viewer to walk around the cab and see these cabbies talk about their profession, NY, and homelands.
The project debuted at Fountain NY 07 and was written up in a number of online art journals and blogs. The exhibition in New York lead to an invitiation to present the video sculpture at ArtCologne in Germany in April 2007. The work was well received. The online art journal, ArtNet.com mentioned and photographed the video sculpture in their coverage of the fair.
Copyright 2007 Steven D. Gagnon
Press for Around the World in a NYC TaxiArtNet.com: Crazy in Cologne
Pittsburgh Arts – Digging Pitt: Fountain – The Fair I Wanted to Love.
DAZEDdigital.com: NYC International Art Fair Season
Heart As Arena.blogspot.com: Cary Leibowitz Is My Co-Pilot
ArtNet.com: Tossing In The Fountain
ArtInfo.com: Fountain Makes a Splash
Wildfern’s Photostream: Steven Gagnon’s Around the World in a NYC Taxi
Art Fairs International.com: Fountain 2007