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The Oakland Port Authority (in collaboration with the Oakland Museum) commissioned Along the Way for the "Media Wall" of the newly constructed Terminal 2 at the Oakland International Airport. Shown left is the new terminal and Media Wall shortly before being opened to the public. Right is the terminal in operation with Along the Way playing on the Media Wall.

Along the Way is a video mosaic comprised of 1,152 separate video portraits. . Each portrait is a 30 second clip taken of Bay Area residents using digital cameras. From the initial mosaic, the video slowly zooms into the individual portraits, then cycles back into another mosaic.

©2008 Rya n Alexiev. All rights reserved.


Made in Collaboration with the ©AUSE COLLECTIVE
30' x 10' video mosaic
Oakland International Airport, 2007

Along the Way is a 20-minute video mosaic that includes over 1,500 videos taken by the artists featuring the people and places of Oakland, California and the surrounding Bay Area. This piece bears witness to a nine month journey that the artists undertook among the people of the Bay Area. Upon arriving to Oakland, viewers are reminded that community is made up of a myriad of peoples. Individuals of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds are depicted without being categorized. The thread is their humanity which is evoked in video portraits and the culminating video mosaic on the media wall. At its core, Along the Way is about the journeys a diverse community like Oakland bestows upon its people. The diversity of Oakland and its vibrancy is captured in extraordinary video portraits of everyday people. At times intensity, seirousness, humor or even lightness is evoked through a stare, grin or grimace. Faces and places merge and commingle creating a vocabulary that evokes mood while underscoring place and movement with the unifying thread being the humanity of what we encounter “along the way” in a place like Oakland.

This film was made in collaboration with the Cause Collective, aka Jessica Ingram, Bayete Ross-Smith, Jorge Sanchez, and Hank Willis thomas.