Right Here, Out There (Nowhere)

2010, Color video with 5.1 surround-sound audio
Sound by Espers / Mixed by Hironaka & Suib

Taken as a whole, “Right Here, Out There (Nowhere)” can be seen as a rich tapestry of suggestive images, which references both cinema mythologies (cinema being the repository of American mythologies) and historical panorama painting—one of the precursors to the cinematic experience. Moreover, the artists artificially imposed a fixed camera perspective onto the material, which scans across the surface in a continual horizontal tracking shot, which tends to suggest an alien or robotic surveillance. For Hironaka & Suib, that contrast—between the artificiality of the material and the camera’s incessant search—is also essential to uncovering the mechanisms at work in fantasy genres.