Towards the Development of a Cinema Cavern or the Movie Goer as Spelunker
Another proposal that never came to realization, Smithson’s Towards the Development of a Cinema Cavern or the Movie Goer as Spelunker attempts to redeem the typical film-viewing experience. Smithson’s outlook on modern cinema is decidedly bleak: one relinquishes reality, gives into lethargy of both body and mind, and is engulfed in a blur of perception. Smithson proposes an experience grounded in the physical reality of the surrounding space, with a film that documents the creation of that very space. In a discussion with Andy Warhol, Smithson admits the proposition is ultimately flawed—the film would be a catalogue of past events, projecting a theoretical future, all of which is divorced from the present moment wherein the film would be seen.