I’m not Gary
This newest work continues Douglas’s practice of fracturing narratives and looking at history, race, and psychology through a kaleidoscopic lens. (Hogan’s Alley, the rundown neighborhood that app users and festivalgoers explore, was where black musicians went to party after playing in the west end nightclubs that wouldn’t have them at customers.) Yet despite its appearance in the Tribeca Film Festival, Circa 1948 isn’t exactly a film. It’s rendered rather than photographed, though simulation technologies have got so good you can hardly tell. And, at the core, getting the newest app to do the niftiest tricks isn’t really Stan Douglas’s goal.