Using time-lapse footage of New York City, the filmmaker Hilary Harris imagines the metropolis as a living organism. Traffic arteries are seen as the bloodstream circulating through the urban body; skyscrapers are the skeletal structure. Shops, railroads, bridges, beaches, and parades are juxtaposed with cellular activity shown under the microscope, illustrating the greater choreography of city life in all its fascinating complexity.
As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary, each month in 2020 we released three to four films from the Museum’s extensive moving-image archive. The series will continue on a monthly basis through March 2022.