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City Game TV

Sally Gutiérrez
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Sally Gutierrez filmed the piece City Game TV in the World Trade Centre in New York, with a grant she obtained from the Lower Manhattan Council, which allowed her to live and work in the ninety-second floor of the WTC during the school year of 2000-2001.

The video focuses on one of the most characteristic elements of the WTC: its windows. Gutierrez approaches the different employees who populate the window offices in the building and films their accounts of their relationship to the building, their relationship to the city as it is mediated by the building, and more concretely, their relationship to the windows.

The screen is divided into three parts, and whilst one displays the image of a certain character and her or his office space, the other two frames present images of Manhattan taken from the top of one of the towers. The division of the screen imitates the edition style of TV channels such as Bloomberg TV or Info TV, only in this case the information on screen is neither useful nor productive. It is subjective and reflexive. The initial idea, which had been agreed to with the buildings’ owners, was to project the video in those sites where the mentioned TV channels are usually watched, thus interrupting their broadcast at different times during the day.

On screen, a total of six employees tell us about their relationship to the city and to the windows in their office, often also referring to their windows at home. These are six workers who function as a sort of symbol or representation of the social and economic fabric both of the WTC and of the city of New York. In each of the cases, the camera is always focused on the character and her or his office environment. All of the characters refer at some point in their monologue to the symbolic character of the window, in terms of both status and power, within a highly competitive society.

Looking at this piece today, after the event of 9/11 and the end of the WTC, is no doubt tainted with a certain pathos.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: City Game TV
  • Direction: Sally Gutiérrez
  • Production: Sally Gutiérrez. 2002.
  • Duration: 00:27:50
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Original format: Betacam SP
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright