Gallery 1010 (UTK) / 113 S. Gay St. March 23, 2017 - March 26, 2017

Nathan Smith

RIDE OR DIE is an exploration of the relationship between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – on screen and off – and the temporality of cinematic bodies through reclaimed, remixed, and reinterpreted footage from the Fast & Furious franchise. Over six video panels, the installation follows the two men and their fictional counterparts as they race and rescue one another over and over again on a last ride that, thanks to cinema, can extend into infinity. Vin sings a Rihanna ballad to his now fallen friend, who exists within movies but is no longer with us in reality. The footage and music loop continuously as the audience reckons with the false invincibility of action heroes.