Ken Aptekar’s video Round Trip asks what happens when you turn the corner in New York and Paris, and find yourself in Paris and New York. Living in these two great cities, Aptekar uses his experience of walking the streets and rounding corners in both places to get at what it means to make something not knowing how it will turn out. Being an artist demands holding onto the wonder of childhood. Finding your way back to that enchantment later on can turn out to be quite an effort.
ROUND TRIP © Ken Aptekar, 2006
Two-Channel video, 12’ 24”
Videotaped in Paris and New York, 2004-2005
Music playlist: George Gershwin, Concerto in F (Andre Previn); J. Rossi, A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg; Bernard Herrmann, Theme from Taxi Driver; Lou Reed, Walk on the Wild Side; George Gershwin, An American in Paris; Jacques Tati, Mon Oncle (Maurice Larcange with the Paris Musette Orchestra); Fred Astaire, We’re in the Money; Jean-Philippe Rameau, Les Boreades; Kevin Yost, Two Wrongs Making It Right; Henri Betti & Mickey Katz, C’est Si Bon (sung by Lorin Sklamberg); Leo Ferre, Paris Canaille (sung by Juliette Greco); Talking Heads, Road to Nowhere; Leo Ferre, Le Pont Mirabeau (Lyrics by Apollinaire)