The Driver
Raul Marroquin, 1974, 4'57''

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The Driver consists of a single take shot from inside a car. From the passenger seat, a close profile of the driver is silhouetted against the passing rainy landscape outside. The only manipulation by the artist is the soundtrack, a recording taken from a radio broadcast playing the big band sounds of Glen Miller and Buddy Merrill. The blandness of the scene contrasts with the lively music, which is further interrupted by the voice of the announcer and a commercial break. A woman animatedly sells a retirement consideration plan, outlining the insurance benefits for survivors of your death. This dark irony is one of the early examples of social critique that pervades much of Marroquin's work. At the same time, there is a playfulness in these works that can be atributed to Marroquin's fascination with the camera, for as he once described, having access to such equipment at the time was like being able to drive a submarine.[Elaine.W. Ho] Read more...

  • Date: 1974
  • Length: 4'57''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, music (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: reality