Gallery 1 features two video works—Night Bus from 1995 and Birthday Party from 1997. Although currently focused on sculpture, Sone's interest was formerly oriented towards video and projects like Her 19th Foot, a vehicle made of 19 'monocycles' joined together intended to be ridden by 19 people working together. Night Bus and Birthday Party are two of the most significant videos from Sone's early period.
Night Bus, which won the Grand Prize in the first Philip Morris Art Award in 1996, records a long series of vistas as seen from the windows of late-night buses traveling Asia and the American west coast. The footage taken on the shuddering buses is unclear and reminds one of the kind of half-dazed experience people have riding on a late-night bus. Sone was actually not the one who filmed the video. He wrote letters to five friends asking them to take the videos while traveling in lands they had never been to before, and edited the resulting footage into a 15-minute video at his home. It was a collaboration between Sone and his friends, much like the way the artist now works together with artisans in China and Mexico. With this work, he transcended the limits and restrictions of the individual, demonstrating a more expansive way of creating that involves others.
VHS, 1995. Private collection
DVD, 1997. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York.