Swamp » Ann Arbor Film Festival


(Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, 1969, 6 min)

Historic Film

A collaboration between Nancy Holt (1938-2014) and Robert Smithson (1938-1973) made in 1969. Holt has said of Swamp that ......"it deals with limitations of perception through the camera eye as Bob and I struggled through a muddy New Jersey swamp. Verbal direction cannot easily be followed as the reeds crash against the camera lens blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns, confusion ensues." And Smithson said of the film..."it's about deliberate obstructions or calculated aimlessness". This was attained by having Holt walk through the swamp while simultaneously filming, only seeing where she was walking by looking through the lens of her Bolex camera as Smithson gave her verbal instructions which he recorded as he spoke them. (adapted from robertsmithson.com)


16mm on Video

Directed by Nancy Holt , Robert Smithson


Sunday, March 30 1:00pm

Films in Competition 11

New experimental and documentary films featuring the North American premiere of Picture Perfect Pyramid by Johann Lurf, Psalm IV: Valley of the Shadow by Phil Solomon, Deborah Stratman’s Hacked Circuit, Model Village

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)