Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers & Tides (2001)Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his "earthworks" and occasionally responds to off screen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures. With some exceptions, such as a winding stone wall that he built in Mountainville, NY, Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works.

We see how several of them fall apart, melt, or drift away due to exposure to the elements; we also see, for example, a complex structure of interconnected sticks collapse while Goldsworthy is still working on it.

Riedelsheimer takes us to Goldsworthy's home in Penport, Scotland, and to a French museum, but the emphasis of the film is on observing Goldsworthy at work.

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Comments and User Reviews

  • http://----- robe33

    The sound is fantastic,seems interesting work but the image is to good.

  • Damn Yankee

    Thanks Vlatko! This has proved a very useful resource for my Postmodernist paper. Keep up the good work :)

  • tamar kuchuashvili

    could you pease add special category in your documentary films called literature? it would be nice for literates to find farther information about the writers and literary writing systems, also the new activities in modern literature.

  • Epicurean_Logic

    @tamar, good idea

    go to 'contacts' at the top of the homepage and email Vlatko directly with your request. Also recommend some good literary docs to him if you know of any dood ones.

  • http://twitter.com/canadada canadada

    Amazing film. Goldsworthy's sense of 'natural' Time is refreshing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1037671310 Ashley Rowe

    A truly inspirational insight into how nature influences art, or simply how someone harmonises with their surroundings. Going back to nature, observing it's passing, reminds me of my childhood, and saddens me to think that society slowly has driven us inwards into controlled parklife, reducing our contact with what is simply part of ourselves. Goldsworthy's video is a simple gift, he himself is a man following his heart and instincts. I bought this documentary, such was its impact on me. One to have and to hold and share with anyone who will listen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simone-Domenichini/663645697 Simone Domenichini

    A real artist. The documentary is slow and reflects the personality af the artist and help to discover and see the making of

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNCVZZQUEZTAVSYDJAYF33NFYY igor

    it all looks very nice, it would´ve been more fair though if he would show us he is using concrete in the end to make those stones stick together, as he did. fake artist

  • Ger Dowling

    What makes you think he used concrete? Have you got any proof?

  • lovewanta@gmail.com

    Dear Igor, Build a stone wall. Just a small one. Then there will no longer be any need to comment. Only a lesson to carry you forward.

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    how the hell did i skip this one before...extraordinairy!

    A good attachement to Light Darkness and Colors
    1i

  • Pysmythe

    Uh, oh, what's that?! Looks like I've got one to watch.

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    i'll admit i didn't get to watch the whole doc. I wrote my comment while in the first 25 minutes and then friends arrived, computer was turned off, wine was opened and that was the end of that.
    Will get back to it later tonight.
    How was it? lol
    1i

  • Pysmythe

    Just sat down to it, but I may have to split it into parts, too, as it's Saturday (yardwork).
    Back later.

  • Pysmythe

    Well, I'm now 26 minutes in, so, what the hell, I'll give you the chief impression I've got so far, lol.
    To me, there seems to be a clear analogy between his materials and all the recycled atoms that comprise a person. They are both gathered together, made to work together, briefly, to make some kind of an impact on their environment, before natural forces make them vanish, or change them into something else. It also seems to actually minimize the role of the artist, in that he isn't striving for the personal permanence of his creations, but by the ephemeral nature of them is alluding to something bigger than that.

  • Pysmythe

    He's a bit like a lonely child perpetually building sandcastles on the beach, isn't he?

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Been busy like a bee...but tonight quiet night at home watching this doc...decided not to move anymore...my landlord is very happy even lowering my rent by 100.
    less stress more room for love!
    1i

  • dewflirt

    One with a troublesome foot that itches to kick and run :)

  • Pysmythe

    lolol. Alright... So I'll scale back on the kookiness a little bit. :) I've been getting too artsy-fartsy and full of myself lately.

  • Pysmythe

    Glad to hear about your rent improvement. And your daughter's not too far away, anyway, I guess. So it's all good.

    I've watched another 20 minutes of it, but I've been pretty sick the last two days (diverticulitis again, doc wanted to hospitalize me, too, but I said no). If I feel up to it, I'll probably finish it tonight or tomorrow.
    edit- meds are making me really nauseated... ugh...

  • dewflirt

    Not at all, come to think of it there is something of the muddler about him :)

  • Pysmythe

    Well, what I said being true, anyway (lol), yes, I suppose I could see that about him. He sure does like to stack rocks, doesn't he? To be honest with you, I'm having a hard time seeing the intrinsic value in what he's doing artistically beyond what I take is the symbolic intent, about which I may even be entirely wrong, from his point of view. But, like I said, I didn't finish watching it yet. I do love that he loves the water, however, and works with it; I've long loved the ocean, which I spent every summer of my childhood in and on. The best sound in the world is the sound of a breaking wave.

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Not sure if i should give a like for you being able to write at least or a dislike for the situation but no matter which...thinking of you.
    Get well, will write soon...did you get the pics?
    1i

  • https://apps.facebook.com/dwdapps/ DigiWongaDude

    Living in Scotland, I know that your comment is not true. Look up dry stone walling/diking. It's a dying trade unfortunately, but Scotland is littered with examples everywhere. Really sad to throw this out with such dismissive remarks. It sounds like you have been misled once too many or something?

  • Pysmythe

    Thanks. :)
    Yeah, I just checked, I got the pics. Getting ready to go look at them now. I'll write you a note from there.

  • dewflirt

    One of nature's rock stackers I guess ;) I never like to be told what an artists intent is, I don't want them to influence my relationship with their work. If the piece doesn't tell you what it's about, tell it ;)

  • Pysmythe

    Yep, that's what I've been trying to do so far. Probably the whole point is just simple beauty amid nature's immense beauty...
    Yeah, I'll go with that.

  • TrampVamp .

    Fabulous I wish I could live my life a little more like he does

  • 1concept1

    I have watched this so many times - He has a good book out, "Andy Goldsworthy. A Collaboration With Nature", (55.00, US), I picked it up in a used book store for 20. - I'll watch it forever - It gets better each time - He is such a pleasant person -