Norman M. Klein, with Rosemary Comella, Andreas Kratky and The Labyrinth Project ::
Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986, 2002


DVD installation, book
dimensions variable

Coproduction of Norman M. Klein and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media; The Labyrinth Project, Annenberg Center for Communications, The University of Southern California

    Based on the writings of cultural historian Norman Klein, this interactive Installation is an urban collage held together by the outline of a novel grafted over a loosely constructed documentary. Spanning sixty-six years, the novel centers around a woman named Molly, a fictional character modeled on a real-life person, who may be hiding a murder. She lives within a three square-mile area near downtown Los Angeles, a death zone where more cinematic murders have been committed than anywhere else in the world. In fact, this area is full of stories that have been neglected, forgotten or contaminated by murderous representations in films as diverse as DOA, Chinatown, T-Men and Training Day. One of the most complex ethnographic districts in the United States, this neighborhood is represented in Hollywood movies, urban legends and real estate boosterism in ways that erase the lived ethnographic reality. This reality is the back story to Molly√≠s fiction.