The Steve McQueen-directed video for Kanye West’s “All Day/I Feel Like That” is on full display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Tuesday as a pop-up installation. The one-take, nine-minute collaboration shot at a dockyard outside London takes up a room, with oversized speakers vaulting the gallery space, where a floor-to-ceiling screen in its center allows visitors to view the performance from either side.
At a super secret press preview last Friday, McQueen and West were on hand to discuss the exhibit, with West’s wife Kim Kardashian in the audience, according to the Los Angeles Times, who describe the video: “The first half shows [West] moving aggressively and propulsively in a face-to-face dance with the camera; the second sees him collapsed on the ground in exhausted stasis.” Reportedly, McQueen shot three takes and the final shot is what we see in the finished product.
For McQueen, “It’s about the “gaze and the gaze following you”; West said he wanted to work with McQueen to elevate his “palate. I wanted him to be in charge… It wasn’t overly thought-out.” West revealed also that McQueen attended his wedding in Italy in May 2014, a few months after “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Picture Oscar.
An artist turned filmmaker, McQueen put aside his art practice background to dive into filmmaking, directing features “Hunger,” “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” that are as visceral as his decades-long video installation work, which won him the Turner Prize in 1999.
The video was briefly available online via Pitchfork but has since been taken down.