A film ride that cuts to the chase

Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit’s film installation, Flying Down to Rio, takes the viewer on a journey via a wall-to-wall simulated drive.

 

An installation taking up four walls and 16 frames, simulating a car driving north from Dalston Junction, with cameras mounted left, right, fore and aft, Flying Down to Rio itself marks the convergence of two paths, reuniting Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit. Petit’s fascination with the view from the dashboard dates back to the 1970s. “Music and speed, combined with the ratio of the windscreen, made for an experience that was often more cinematic than the films I had to review for Time Out,” he has said; and his debut film Radio On (1979) contained a cherished driving sequence shot on the Westway, in tribute to JG Ballard’s Crash and Concrete Island, and soundtracked by David Bowie.

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