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In the mid 1950's, Arthur J. Barratt worked as a salesman in the Los Angeles area. He loved driving the freeway system so much he decided to take it home. Barratt filmed several journeys along the highways with his new Super 8mm camera, but when he projected the result, he found the films didn't last long enough. A friend who worked as a sound engineer suggested making film loops. These were made by joining the ends of a length of film together to form a continuous loop, then running this through the projector and out around a pencil shaft fixed several yards away, to retain tension. If you choose an edit point carefully, you can't easily see the join and the film appears to go on forever. Barratt purchased four projectors so he could have the loops playing on each wall of his large living room. When a film became worn, he simply shot another. Over the years he created a great number of these loops. Most were in a fairly fragile state when Arnold began to acquire them, so digital archive copies have been made for showings. Barratt of course had already taken to digital technology with complete enthusiasm. Long retired, and now equipped with computer software and large plasma screens, he recently made his 1000th loop of LA freeway.
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