Monday, October 11, 2010

Yucatan Mirror Displacements




ROBERT
SMITHSON, YUCATAN MIRROR DISPLACEMENT, 1969

In 1969 Robert Smithson was given the job of traveling throught the Yucatan Penninsula to speak about ancient land art and write an article for Art Forum. What he did was culturally, artistically, and journalistically incredible ...
The travelogue piece that incurred, “Incidents of Mirror Travel in the Yucatan” suggests a retribution of John Loyd Stephens’ invasive travelogue in 19th c. Smithson's theory, unlike Stephens', suggests – “one is always crossing the horizon, yet it always remains distant.... The distance seem [S] to put restrictions on all forward movement, thus bringing the car to a countless series of standstills” – See article by JenRoberts(1) 0n Jstor: Landscapes of Indifference
(1): Landscapes of Indifference: Robert Smithson and John Lloyd Stephens in Yucat√°n. Jennifer L. Roberts, The Art Bulletin, Vol. 82, No. 3 (Sep., 2000), pp. 544-567 / Jstor: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3051401?seq=1



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