Directed and Edited by: Robin Blotnick
Produced by: Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears
Consulting Editor: Rachel Lears
Original Score Composed by: Ryan Blotnick
Sound Design & Mix: Elizabeth Fausak
Color Grading Facility: Irving Harvey
Colorist: Matthew Greenberg
Research Assistant: Isabel Lopez

Now playing on infinite loop on the front wall of the Museum of the City of New York's Activist New York exhibition, "City of Movement" is a ten minute archival collage of 100+ years of New York City social movements, unfolding in five acts: Organizing, Protest, Media, Spectacle and Direct Action.  The film explores the relationships that emerge among different historical moments through juxtapositions in the social practice, visuality, and sonic environment of New York City activism, and highlights the way the city's role as a media, finance and arts capital has shaped its public expressions of protest.  Focusing not on movement leaders but on the "nameless" faces of ordinary people who helped shape history, the piece shows how much we owe to past struggles, but also how many struggles remain unfinished.

Project Details

Looping video installation

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave, New York, NY
Release Date: 2016
Runtime: 10 min.