Andy Graydon


Andy Graydon is an artist and filmmaker originally from Maui, Hawai’i. His work is concerned with natural and social ecologies, and with sound and listening as creative practices. Recent projects have focused on island ecologies and the imaginal and narrative forms employed by the natural sciences. His projects frequently engage structures of music such as the ensemble, the score, improvisation and variation, and techniques of the voice. Often ephemeral in nature, Graydon’s work combines minimal physical materials with elements that are absent, fictional, or imaginary.

Folds (All Quiet on the Western Front)

2011 (in the collection)

„Folds” tells the story of the folding of one thousand paper cranes. The artist connects it to the genuine wish the cranes are meant to fulfill, which is in turn folded around the story of a bad translation that leads a woman to leave Japan for Germany to become a translator herself. Tying these strands together is „All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), the American film adaptation of the German anti-war novel set in World War I, which was the first film to employ the free-floating camera perspective that in English is called the „Crane Shot”. All this is itself folded together in sound, which appears and vanishes unexpectedly as the listener moves throughout the museum.