Entropy and the New Monuments
Independence Day Movie Marathon
July 4 - 5, 2020
SATURDAY, JULY 4
07:00 The Petrified River: The Story of Uranium, Union Carbide & Carbon Company, 1957
The Union Carbide building best typifies such architectural entropy. In its vast lobby one may see an exhibition called "The Future." It offers the purposeless "educational" displays of Will Burtin, "internationally acclaimed for his three-dimensional designs," which portray "Atomic Energy in Action." If ever there was an example of action in entropy, this is it. The action is frozen into an array of plastic and neon, and enhanced by the sound of Muzak faintly playing in the background. At a certain time of day, you may also see a movie called "The Petrified River."
08:00 The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man, Ron Rice, 1963
Parts of the "underground" movie, "The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man," were filmed in this exhibition hall. Taylor Mead creeps around in the film like a loony sleepwalker, and licks the plastic models depicting "chain-reaction."
10:00 The 10th Victim, Elio Petri, 1965
A future of humdrum practicality in the shape of standardized office buildings modeled after Emery Roth; in other words, a jerry-built future, a feigned future, an ersatz future very much like the one depicted in the movie "The Tenth Victim."
12:00 1984, Michael Anderson, 1956
14:00 One Million B.C., Hal Roach, 1940
Morris also discloses this backward looking future with "erections" and "vaginas" embedded in lead. They tend to illustrate fossilized sexuality by mixing the time state or ideas of "1984" with "One Million B.C."
16:00 The Blob, Irvin Yeaworth, 1958
Something of the primal nightmare exists in both Thek and Kauffman. The slippery bubbling ooze from the movie "The Blob" creeps into one's mind. Both Thek and Kauffman have arrested the movement of blob-type matter.
23:00 The Horror of Party Beach, Del Tenney, 1964
Some artists see an infinite number of movies. Hutchinson, for instance, instead of going to the country to study nature, will go to see a movie on 42nd Street, like "Horror at Party Beach" two or three times times and contemplate it for weeks on end.
SUNDAY, JULY 5
01:00 The Creation of the Humanoids, Wesley Barry, 1962
03:00 Planet of the Vampires, Mario Bava, 1965
05:00 The Thing from Another World, Christian Nyby, 1951
07:00 The Day the Earth Stood Still, Robert Wise, 1951
09:00 The Time Machine, George Pal, 1960
11:00 Village of the Giants, Bert I. Gordon, 1965
BREAK FOR LUNCH
14:00 War of the Worlds, Byron Haskin, 1953
16:00 Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jack Arnold, 1954
18:00 I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Gene Fowler Jr., 1957
20:00 The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus, Georges Franju, 1962
22:00 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Charles Barton, 1948
Some landmarks of Sci-fic are; Creation of the Humanoids(Andy Warhol's favorite movie), The Planet of the Vampires(movie about entropy), The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Time Machine, Village of the Giants (first teen-science film), War of the Worlds(interesting metallic machine). Some landmarks of Horror are: Creature from the Black Lagoon, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus(very sickening), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Artists that like Horror tend toward the emotive, while artists who like Sci-fic tend toward the perceptive.
All Quotes: Robert Smithson, Entropy and the New Monuments, in Artforum, June 1966