Terminal City

Terminal City

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The Devonshire Hotel in Vancouver was demolished by blasting. Gallagher filmed the event at 200 frames a second and manipulated the sounds recorded at the event to play back at the same speed as the images. The destruction of the landmark is rendered mysterious, transforming the building's transformation.

"Camera retards natural rhythms of entropy, as man-made rock implodes into astatic `heaven' of smoke and dust: city becomes cloudscape; cheering and whistling, spirit calls heralding the void."

      - Tony Reif

"Terminal City records the demolition of the Devonshire Hotel in Vancouver; through extreme show motion (200 frames per second) and symmetrical diagonal framing, Gallagher underscores the passage from order to chaos within the event. The sparseness of this centering and the patience required of the viewer heightens the literally explosive climaxes of the film, and transforms the everyday violence of the events into moments of convulsive beauty."

       - Jim Shedden, Michael Zryd, The Independent Eye


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