Al Wong: Twin Peaks

Tuesday, May 7, 2013



Introduced by Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator, media arts, SFMOMA

Additional Info

Al Wong, Twin Peaks, 1977, 16mm transferred to video, color, sound, 50 min.

Image: Al Wong, Twin Peaks (still), 1977; courtesy the artist; © Al Wong

San Francisco native Al Wong recorded this meditative film over the course of a year. Taking the idea of the journey as its form, Wong’s camera is set inside the car as he slowly drives the infinity loop road that winds around Twin Peaks in San Francisco at different times of the day. In one part the film image splits in half and becomes out of sync synthesizing Wong’s interests in perception and the illusory nature of reality. A masterpiece of subtle shifts in light and tone, Twin Peaks was screened at SFMOMA in 1977. This title will be shown as continual loop over the course of the day, mirroring the structure of the film.