All together now

Harry Dodge &
Stanya Kahn &

What might human life look like after the collapse of the world as we know it? How will people survive without much technology available to them? These seem to have been the questions Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn were interested in and which they opened up to question in their video with its post-apocalyptic, model-like vision.

Somewhat like a documentary, but with an aesthetics and morbid atmosphere reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project or Lost, the scenes are of the last living groups of people in Los Angeles, as they struggle for survival, communicating non-verbally with each other. They differ from each other in their behavior and their external appearance. Some wrap their heads in blue or white cloths and live in basements. There, the members of the group go about their seemingly absurd business - chopping up and cleaning furniture or observing their surroundings on surveillance cameras. The members of the central group, of which Stanya Kahn is also a member, do not cover their heads and work mainly outdoors. Their chief task consists of looking for food, as well as electricity – in the form of batteries.

As different as their appearances and activities seem at first, the groups in All Together Now do have a common aim: survival by exploiting resources and creating new structures after the collapse of society. (Daniel Müller)

About the video

Title All together now
Year 2008
Videonale VIDEONALE.12
Length 00:26:52
Format 4:3
Country USA,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artists
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artists

Harry Dodge
  • 1966 in Moline, USA.
    Studied at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, USA, at the Laney College Oakland, CA, USA, at the City College, San Francisco, USA, and at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA
Stanya Kahn
  • 1968 in Kalifornien, USA.
    Studied at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, USA, and at the San Francisco State University, USA