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About Corn

"Corn is based on my memory of Holt and Smithson's film Swamp. I saw Swamp maybe 15 years ago. I have a vague memory of the film's details. I remember tall reeds in a New Jersey marsh falling forward as the camera advances through them for a long time. There is a voice seeming to guide the camera through the reeds. I think Nancy Holt holds the camera, blind folded with Smithson walking behind her giving her directions or it could be the other way around. The film's sound is interesting.
While in Ohio one summer Andrea and I were planning a collaborative project based on a video by Linda Benglis and Robert Morris called Exchange. So we were thinking about our relationship to some of the collaborative works made during the sixties and seventies. One day it occurred to me that we were very close to Kent State and surrounded by corn fields. My associations with the swamps and marshes of the east coast have definitely been influenced by the movies I saw as a kid ("the Blob", "Swamp Thing", "Creature from the Black Lagoon", etc.). After we shot Corn I started to think about the cornfields in the same way"

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