A video letter to artist Nancy Holt, in homage to our shared interest in terminal lakes, framed views, monuments and time. Filmed on and around the Great Salt Lake, Mono Lake and Meteor Crater.
The title is taken from a piece Holt wrote for Robert Smithson in 1978 which reads in full: For the time being, in the interim, in the course of time, from day to day, from hour to hour, until, in due time, and in the fullness of time, time endures, goes on, remains, persists, lasts, goes by, elapses, passes, flows, rolls on, flies, slips, slides, and glides by.
Made for "The letters that weren’t and also are," by invitation of Garbiñe Ortega and Matías Piñeiro.
Director, Camera, Edit, Sound: Deborah Stratman
TLEP (Terminal Lake Exploration Platform): Steve Badgett & Chris Taylor
Punto de Vista Festival, Pamplona, Spain – March 2021 (Premiere)
"Deborah Stratman, in her contemplative missive to Nancy Holt situated in and around the Great Salt Lake, intimates the power but also the limits of cinema in the face of history. Her salutation – “For the time being…In the interim…In the course of time…From day to day” implicitly asks: What more can cinema be than a monument to the provisional? And wasn’t that also the point of all the sublime toiling Holt and Smithson did out in the desert?". - Jay Kuehner, Senses of Cinema, April 2021