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Passing Manoeuvre with two motorcycles and 584 vehicles for two-channel video installation

Passing Manoeuvre with two motorcycles and 584 vehicles for two-channel video installation


Year: 2008


Medium: Dual-channel video installation with sound, 10 meters x 4 meters


Motorcycle performance (2008) documentation for a two-bike lanesplit of Auckland`s Northern Motorway during morning rush hour traffic. The semi-illegal continuous passing maneouvre was from Greville Rd onramp, over the Aucland Harbour Bridge to the city exit. The bikes are a Ducati 996s (front bike) and a Suz u ki GSXR 600 (rear bike).


The bikes cut between the fast lane and medium lane, riding the centre line to continuously pass rows of commuting cars and trucks. The footage is continuous (no cuts) onboard footage from each bike - rearward onboard filming from the front bike, and frontward filming from onboard the rear bike.


Both video cameras record the semi-illegal commuter passing maneouvre simultaneously, and these recordings are installed in the gallery as a dual channel synchronised video installation with stereo sound.


Writing  on aspects of Passing Maneouvre


Surface Asia (on Alex Monteith) Link


New Zealand Rider culture & commentary on Lanesplitting / filtering

(link to Kiwibiker internet forum for motorcycle culture in NZ: 260+ posts on aspects of NZ lanesplitting culture.)


Video clips:


1. Five minute excerpt of the dual synced on-board camera channels comprising the installations inserted into one HD screen for preview purposes. (Each actual channel is full frame 4:3 SD)


2. Compilation of clips of the installation of the project at St Paul St Gallery, Need for Speed show, Auckland, Aotearoa | New Zealand, 2008.



Exhibition History

Finalist in the Walters Art Prize 2010, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (link)


Need for Speed, Alex Monteith, St Paul St Gallery, Auckalnd, Aotearoa | New Zealand, 2008




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