Nancy Holt

Swamp (1971) 16mm, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media

Deals with the limitations of perceptions through the camera eye as Bob (Robert Smithson) and the filmmaker (Nancy Holt) struggle through a muddy New Jersey swamp. Verbal directions cannot easily be followed as the reeds crash against the lens, blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns. Confusion ensues. Also available on VHS

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00 DVD NTSC

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $200.00

Nancy Holt

Underscan (1974) VHS NTSC, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Based on the letters received by the artist from her Aunt Ethel, UNDERSCAN is a videotape about the passage of time. The tape chronicles the daily events in the aging woman's life, including the gradual deterioration of both her body and her house. While the letters are read, photographs of Aunt Ethel's environment are seen: exterior shots of her house are followed by shots of the living room, which are in turn followed by pictures of more personal scenes in the kitchen and bedroom. These images are manipulated by the video underscan process which appears to distort and then compress the information, just as Nancy Holt has done in editing the letters. In this way, the sound of Holt's voice reading her aunt's descent into old age interacts with the images. Certain yearly occurrences repeat in an auditory rhythm, coinciding with the cycle of visual changes. "Her accounts... create a moving narrative about the process of growing old. The neutral delivery of the artist's voice reading the letters precludes any sentimentality in our response to them. Aunt Ethel's vision begins to fail, she listens to Oral Roberts. Living alone, she makes arrangements for her own funeral. Throughout the tape there are references to natural cycles and in her last letter Aunt Ethel writes, '... my yard is full of roses now, it is very pretty.'" --Arthur Tsuchiya, Afterimage

Rental: $300.00
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Nancy Holt

Pine Barrens (1975) 16mm, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Concerned with evoking through a film a barren wilderness in south-central New Jersey. The camera is always in motion--tracking, pivoting, and walking through the landscape. Though they are never seen in the film, the voices of the local people, the "Pineys," are heard relating their feelings about the land, their attitudes about city life, their myths of the area, etc. Their voices and the music of Bill Patton's Pine Barrens Trio add a psychological dimension to the landscape.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00
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Nancy Holt

Sun Tunnels (1978) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Takes a close look at the many different processes involved in making art in the American landscape, away from urban centers and outside the usual art-world confines of museums and galleries. More specifically, it is a personal record of the making the filmmaker's art-work, "Sun Tunnels," in the remote northwest Utah desert. Being aligned with the sunsets and sunrises during the summer and winter solstices, the sculpture indicates the daily and yearly cycle of the sun. The sunlight, which changes slowly within the tunnels during the day, is speeded up, making available an experience of the work which is filmic in nature. "The work not only frames a landscape but exposes the process of the forming of that image. The participant/viewer becomes aware of his or her place in the physical environment and the process of making the image. As Holt says, 'The work becomes a human focal point, and in that respect brings the vast landscape back to human proportion and makes the viewer the center of things.' Holt has astronomically aligned the two sets of tunnels so that respectively, at the summer and winter solstices, at sunrise and sunset, the sun itself can be sighted through the tunnels. Adding another dimension to this universal overview, holes drilled in the tunnel surfaces (in formations of selected Constellations) cast light patterns on the insides of the tunnels. The inclusion of these astrological references not only reveal Holt's own sense of place in the universe (or the viewer's guided sense) but define as well a consciousness that would further use such information in an investigation of light and shadow at once visually engaging and at the same time revealing of the transitory nature of the experience... In the final sequences of the film we are privy to a sighting through the tunnels with the camera as the sun sets in its solstice, and then the shifting light patterns made by the 'star holes' speeded up by the time lapse photography offer an experience available only through a viewing of the film. It is in fact a filmic overview of the filmic qualities of the sculptures." -- Bill Jones, Independent, May 1979 Video sale price: 300.00

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Nancy Holt

Art in the Public Eye the Making of Dark Star Park (1988) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

A record by the artist of the many interrelationships and processes involved in reclaiming a blighted urban area through the construction of functional public sculpture. Interviews with some of the people responsible for bringing DARK STAR PARK into existence -- the artist, the administrator, the developer, the landscape architect, the gunite contractor, the foreman, the maintenance man, and lastly the art historian/critic, John Beardsley, are interspersed with shots of the construction -- guniting, steel fabrication, masonry work, and landscaping. "Designed by environmental artist Nancy Holt, DARK STAR PARK is both a park and a work of art. Holt's site specific sculptures are an intriguing response to a contemporary urban context. They speak to the growing business district of Rosslyn (in Arlington, VA) that borders Washington, D. C.; the site and its relationship to earth and sky; and one's perception of place. Because it is both park and work of art, the spatial experience of the park is also the sculptural experience of the work... giant concrete spheres perch precariously on the earth. They cast shadows like planetary bodies and eclipse each other as you drive or walk by... At one end of the site, an irregular mound of earth embedded with concrete pipes looks an ancient landform encroached upon by modern civilization. Holt's vision did not stop at the site's boundaries. During the planning process she successfully integrated the park with the adjacent office building and extended it onto a nearby traffic island." -- Terry Ryan LeVeque, Landscape Architecture, July/August 1985

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