Rivers and Tides:
Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

  • Wed Apr 3
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working in Time
Thomas Riedelsheimer
Andy Goldsworthy

"Scot sculptor Andy Goldsworthy [and former A.D. White Professor-at-Large] knows that most of his pieces will not last long, because of where he makes them (often in open fields or on beaches) and what he uses—ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone. His work’s transitory nature, in fact, is a central part of the sculptor’s creative efforts to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape that nourishes his vision. In this contemplative and insightful film, director Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Goldsworthy as he works to understand that energetic flow, represented often by water, by wind or simply the passage of the seasons. Both carefully composed and fluid, Riedelsheimer’s film keeps our attention on the sculptor’s vision and work, giving us room to ponder our own relationship to the energy coursing through the natural world. A superb musical score by Fred Frith evokes, in its spareness, both Mahler and Japan. The music deepens our sense of the precarious but beautiful balance Goldsworthy strives for in taking his work ‘to the very edge of its collapse,’ that place where the force of nature hovers like a hawk." (San Francisco International Film Festival)

Digital Projection color
1 hour 30 minutes
release year/country
2001 Germany