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Christiane Robbins, I-5 Passing

Christiane Robbins

Born 1959, Montclair, New Jersey

Lives in Los Angeles and San Francisco

I-5 Passing, v.1.0, 2001-2006

3 Channel video installation using custom software

Courtesy of the artist

Collaborators: Christian Niles, Software Programmer;

Katherine Lambert, Creative Producer; Laurie Schmidt: Video Production

Equipment: Courtesy of CompUSA, San Jose-Blossom Hill Store


Christiane Robbins intentionally selected photography and video—familiar media for most museums visitors—for I-5 Passing, v.1.0. In doing so, she focuses our attention on the work’s content: the deteriorating condition of our environment due to pollution. Two monitors create the thrum and roar of traffic along I-5, the main artery between Northern and Southern California. The middle monitor loops between still images of gas stations, where Robbins has set up air quality monitoring stations. The opacity of the images is calculated according to hourly pollution levels in that area: the lower the air quality, the less vibrant and more degraded the image becomes.


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Taken on August 2, 2006