theories of forgetting

by a. olsen

 

 

 


A. Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting thinks through Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, his famous earthwork set into the starkly stunning landscape of the Great Salt Lake, in order to explore how moment by moment we lose and reconstruct ourselves and our environments. Olsen's experimental short deploys Smithson's concept of "entropology" (a neologism combining the words "entropy" and "anthropology" he appropriated from Claude Leví-Strauss’s World on Wane) to map undoing as a process of disintegration and exhaustion and, paradoxically, salvage and reinvention. From individual cells, to entire cultures, to the universe, in this film being evinces itself as a beautiful act of building with constantly depleting remnants.


spirl jetty

 

spirl jetty