Bleeding Through - Layers of Los Angeles 1920-1986 is a boxed set containing one DVD-ROM and a small book. The DVD-ROM contains a vast archive of documents, films, images, maps and newspaper clippings documenting the transformations of a three square-mile area in Downtwon Los Angeles. Shaped by urban develoment as much as by the Hollywood imaginary, the picture of Downtown arises as a complex layering of ethnic and historic complexity. Explored through Norman Klein's story of Molly, the central figure in the piece, the user can navigate across the story fragments of the archive to shape her own imagination and memory of the area. The booklet that accompanies the DVD-ROM contains a novella wirtten by Norman Klein.
The set is the publication of the Bleeding Through project conducted by The Labyrinth Project at the University of Southern California and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM). It is published by Hatje Cantz and the ZKM Digital Arts Edition.
Rosemary Comella, Norman Klein, Andreas Kratky. Bleeding Through – Layers of Los Angeles 1920 – 1986. Ostfildern, Germany, Hatje Cantz, 2003: DVD and book