Alex Monteith

Passing Manoeuvre with two motorcycles and 584 vehicles for two-channel video installation (2008)

5 min 20 sec (excerpt) of 14 min2 channel installation / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

Motorcycle performance (2008) documentation for a two-bike lanesplit of Auckland's Northern Motorway during morning rush hour traffic.

The semi-illegal continuous passing manoeuvre was from Greville Rd onramp, over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the city exit.

The bikes are a Ducati 996s (front bike) and a Suzuki GSXR 600 (rear bike).

The bikes cut between the fast lane and medium lane, riding the centre line to continuously pass rows of commuting cars and trucks. The footage is continuous (no cuts) onboard footage from each bike—rearward onboard filming from the front bike, and frontward filming from onboard the rear bike.

Both video cameras record the semi-illegal commuter passing manoeuvre simultaneously, and these recordings are installed in the gallery as a dual channel synchronised video installation with stereo sound.

This clip is both individual on-board cams inserted into one HD screen for preview. (Each channel in the installed work is 4:3 SD full frame per channel).

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