IV. The Uncertainty: a Journey to the Future

Robert Smithson  and Nancy Holt ´s film SWAMP (1971) opens with a disembodied male voice and a landscape in motion. “Just walk in a straight line,” the man directs, as the camera advances tentatively towards an expanse of tall grasses. “I think, I think I am,” replies an unseen woman, the camera inching forward into the reeds. “Straight in…to that clump,” the man continues. “It’s okay, Nan, you’re on fairly solid ground. Straight in. Just go right in.…”.  Holt seems to follow Smithson’s orders, but the confusion faced by the artist on the set, camera in hand, is such that it totally frustrates the tour. There seems to be no way out. More than half a century has passed since that artwork in which the couple sought a way out of a swamp that was a simile of their time and of themselves. Nothing has changed until today. Looking ahead is possible, but only the present is tangible.

René Francisco Rodríguez

The video Entropía made by René Francisco Rodríguez in 2015 in 3D animation simulates the sinuous and dramatic tour of a monumental city turned into a chaotic urban framework, similar to the Smithson and Holt marsh used as reference. The city recreated by Francisco Rodríguez alludes to the eclectic architecture of Havana, a city where the grandeur of its constructions survives next to the present impairment, poverty, and vandalism. The video is a useless struggle, with the artist trying to find a way out he cannot even offer in the last seconds. The appropriation of the SWAMP sound on top of the labyrinthine scenario of Havana juxtaposes two circumstances that meet: they both leave the same sensation of deception and despair unsolved for both Smithson and Holt, as well as for a possible journey to the future of the country recreated by Francisco Rodríguez.

Entropía (Entropy) (video still), 2015 | 3d video animation, Original sound in English

René Francisco Rodríguez

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Entropía (Entropy) (video still), 2015 | 3d video animation, Original sound in English

René Francisco Rodríguez

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