Recent film recordings of Robert Smithson's earthwork 'Broken Circle/Spiral Hill' (1971) in Emmen, the Netherlands.
As an integral part of his earthworks, Robert Smithson (1938-1973) made a film that reveals the spatial and environmental context of the work. Aerial shots in a symmetrical pattern were combined with close-ups, documentary footage of the construction of the work and views of the surrounding landscape. In this way, visitors to galleries and museums were introduced to the earthworks produced by Smithson in barely accessible, remote locations. As a result of a tragic aircraft accident during a reconnaissance flight in 1973, Smithson’s life and work came to a premature end. Smithson was never able to finish the film Broken Circle/Spiral Hill.
40 years later, the film is now to be completed on behalf of the Land Art Contemporary program and in close collaboration between artist Nancy Holt and curator Theo Tegelaers of SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain. From 1968-1973 Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson made several films together*. Holt will work with a Dutch team in editing the Broken Circle/Spiral Hill film, which will include the original film footage she shot in 1971, and recent video shootings made recently in Emmen by a Dutch crew.
The video will be made guided by Smithson's film notes and drawings.
*Holt and Smithson were married from 1963 until his death in 1973.
In September 2011, the film will be released
(This video was shot by Albert Raven, May 2011)