by Ben Rivers
A new work by artist Ben Rivers. Slow Action considers the possible future Utopias evolving on isolated islands.
Slow Action is filmed at four locations around the world: Gunkanjima - an island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan - an abandoned city built on a rock that was built to house the families of the colliers who once worked the now depleted mines below; Tuvalu - a country in the middle of the Pacific made up of tiny strips of land just above sea level; Lanzarote - one of the driest climates on earth and a mix of beach resorts, dead volcanoes and curious architecture; and Somerset - a possible future Utopia.
The ideas behind this work stem from Ben Rivers' investigation into the field of island biogeography - the study of how species and climates evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by an unlike ecosystem.
16mm cinemascope footage combines with animation and a soundtrack featuring a spoken text developed in collaboration with science fiction novelist Mark von Schlegell.
|Medium||4 screen video projection|
|Original format||Standard 16mm|
|Aspect ratio||2.65:1 Cinemascope|
|Colour / B&W||Colour & B&W|
|Screens||2 versions: 4 screen or single screen|
Commissioned by Picture This and Animate Projects. Supported by Bristol City Council, Arts Council England, Elephant Trust, Daiwa Japan Foundation and the British Council.
Matt's Gallery, London, Uk
26 January - 20 March 2011
IFF, Rotterdam, NL
26 January -06 February 2011
Courtisane, Gent, Belgium
21 March - 25 March 2011
Dokumentarfilmwoche, Hamburg, Germany
06 April - 10 April 2011
Cinema du reel, Paris, France
22 July 2011
Indielisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
26 April - 06 May 2011
Documenta, Madrid, Spain
06 - 15 May 2011
Ann Arbor FF, Michigan, USA
Jeonju IFF, Jeonju, Korea
28 April - 6 May 2011
LOOP, Barcelona, Spain
11 May - 21 May 2011
Chicago Underground FF, Chicago, USA
02 June - 09 June 2011
(Best Experimental Film)
Onion city, Chicago, USA
23 June - 26 June 2011
Signal + Noise Media Art Festival, Vancouver, USA
23 June - 27 June 2011
Southbank Centre, London, UK
04 July 2011
The films of Ben Rivers are rich, cinematic portraits that explore wilderness environments and self-contained worlds.
Join us at the Atelier for an informal evening with the artist Ben Rivers who will discuss the ideas behind his two films Origin of the Species and
A touring programme of artists' moving image screening events curated by shortlisted artists for the 2010 Film London Jarman Award.
Writing for Sight & Sound, Lucy Reynolds explores the suspense between fact and fiction in Ben Rivers' Slow Action.
Film London and Picture This present a special screening showcasing work by the four artists shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Jarman
Be part of creating the longest hand painted film in Britain.
Picture This' commissions by Ben Rivers and Hito Steyerl are included in the 'Signal + Noise' Media Art Festival in Vancouver
Monday 4 July 2011, 7:00pm
This month's BFI Sight & Sound magazine invites 60 international critics to discuss their top-five films of 2011.