Archive for: MAY 06, 2009

06.05.2009
22:25

Still from Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Still from 'Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time'

One of my favorite presentations at the Design and Film symposium I attended at the Cooper Hewitt Museum last March was Stuart Kendall’s talk on the film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time. The documentary, directed by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer, focuses on Goldsworthy’s site-specific sculptural work.

I was particularly interested in Kendall’s reading of this film, which he says it is not about making, but about modifying things. To Kendall, Goldsworthy’s work challenges an anthropocentric view of the world (as vindicated from Descartes to the multiculturalist agenda), the fetishism of the heroic creator or the question of artistic and environmental appropriateness.  Kendall’s lecture explored the concepts of modification vs. creation, of art – but also design – as disciplines that are part of a historical and material continuum he called long now.

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