Running on Empty- A lonely view of Los Angeles06.16.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
Tags: Los Angeles, Ross Ching, Running on Empty, Video
Watching Ross Ching’s short film Running on Empty reminded us of our early days in Los Angeles when downtown was still empty. At the time you could drive around a surrealistic landscape of warehouse lined streets that were completely devoid of residents. In a city as densely packed as Los Angeles, it seemed amazing that there could ever be a street corner with no signs of life, and of course as the housing boom renovated much of the downtown area that quiet night time solitude disappeared.
Ching’s short depicts this on a much larger scale. Seeing the 405 empty and any time of night or day is a little jarring, let alone Malibu, the Promenade, or many of the other Angeleno landmarks depicted. There’s also Radiohead’s beautifully lonely “No Surprises” providing a perfect soundtrack to the scenery.