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See Kanye In A Steve McQueen Short Film At LACMA
Filmmaker Steve McQueen has collaborated with Kanye West to create a short film that will make its American debut at LACMA this Saturday. Directed by the 12 Years A Slave auteur, "Steve McQueen with Kanye West: All Day / I Feel Like That" is a nine-minute short that features Kanye in an historic dockyard outside of London, according to the L.A. Times. The film will be shown at the museum for four days only.
While the museum hasn't officially released a synopsis of the McQueen/Yeezy collaboration, a version of it appeared during fashion week in France at Foundation Louis Vuitton earlier this year. The video contains a version of Kanye's recent release "All Day" and then segues into a second song, "I Feel Like That," from his upcoming album. The N.Y. Times describes the action of the film:
Filmed in a single nine-minute take at the Chatham Dockyard in southeast England, the video follows Mr. West through an empty warehouse as he runs, crouches, dodges, raps, rants, sweats and pants, as if being pursued by the camera or the police or in pursuit himself, until he slumps against the wall to catch his breath. At several points Mr. McQueen’s focus is so tight that Mr. West’s face cuts in and out of the frame. At one point, the camera keeps its distance as Mr. West raises hands above head in a gesture of surrender.
While McQueen has received significant recognition for his recent feature films, which besides his Oscar winner also includes Shame and Hunger, prior to that he was mostly known as a visual artist, creating visceral video installations. His acclaimed short films earned him the Turner Prize in 1999, a British award given to exceptional visual artists under the age of 50. The LACMA collection already includes one of McQueen's earlier works, "Static," a digital projection from 2009 that features the Statue of Liberty.
"Steve McQueen with Kanye West: All Day / I Feel Like That" will be on view on the ground floor of LACMA's Broad Contemporary from Saturday, July 25 to Tuesday, July 28, and can be seen with a regular general admission ticket to the museum.