Newhall Loop is a looped, single-channel video that features two characters and no dialogue. Depending on how one looks at it, the line of images contains either no narrative or a countless number of narratives.
The loop consists of many elements, the most obvious ones being: 1. Two male characters, 2. the landscapes, and 3. their actions within these landscapes. They are not doing anything out of the ordinary–walking around, sometimes speaking (inaudibly), and sometimes merely standing.
The sound is immersive and taken from everyday life, from the bellows of trains to automobile traffic to background music at a shopping mall. Newhall is the district in Southern California in which the piece was conceived and shot.
About the Artist
Stella Ahn is a Los Angeles native with a B.A. in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts. Ahn likes to make experimental narratives, essay films, and video loops. Her work collects and creates narratives, unsteadily dismantling the intersections of image, fiction/reality, race, and politics.