‘Glimpse of America’ or rather ‘Glimpse of USA’, because we all know America is a continent and not a single country, is a project by 2501 and G. Matta started in 2015 when the artists decided to travel across the country from Miami to L.A.

During the course of twenty-five days, they travelled through Florida, Savannah, Baltimore, Washington DC, Newark, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, New Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas and California documenting the people and places they visited and following Italo Calvino’s ‘Lezioni Americane’ (Six Memos for the Next Millennium) from 1988. 

After leaving the country they ended in Azores, encountering new people and filming new experiences, just to go back to the US and meet Know Hope who ends working as the narrator of the story.

The result is a short documentary on the ever-changing perspectives and perceptions of the US, organised into six thematic chapters: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity, consistency, all concepts explained by Calvino in his book. 

“By simultaneously mining and questioning our vision, we do not want to arrive at a comprehensive survey or tidy summation,  but rather at a critical new beginning: the first of many stories still to tell.” – 2501 and G. Matta.

Read more on
www.glimpseofamerica.com
www.2501.org.uk
www.cargocollective.com/gmatta

Written by a South American.

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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.