Ben Rivers - Shorts
Ben Rivers is not only a maker of feature films but also of stunningly beautiful short films. Rivers is the winner of the EYE Art & Film Prize, currently the subject of an exhibition at EYE. Sacha Bronwasser will introduce the short films.
Things (2014, 21')A tour of the four seasons, without Rivers ever once setting foot across his doorstep as he focuses on unexplored things inside his own four walls. Among the things he observes are a bed, books and, seen through a window pane, a squirrel in the garden. The tour of his house is at the same time a trip into imagination and collective memory.
Phantom of a Libertin (2012, 10')A photo album filled with glamorous destinations: Acapulco, Haifa, Marseilles, New York. Fragments of fading figures. This was a life documented and remembered, but the man who made the album departed a year ago. Now his flat sits silent, and the photo album threatens to fall apart.
A Distant Episode (2015, 18')A meditation on the illusion of filmmaking, shot behind-the-scenes on a film being made on the otherworldly beaches of Sidi Ifni, Morocco. The strange activities, with no commentary or dialogue; seem like fragments dug up in a distant future – a hazy and hallucinogenic world.
Sack Barrow (2011, 21') Sack Barrow explores a small family-run factory in the outskirts of London. Set up in 1931 to provide work for limbless and disabled ex-servicemen, the factory went into liquidation after 80 years. Rivers observes the daily routines of the final month of the six workers in the factory.
May Tomorrow Shine the Brightest of All Your Many Days as It Will Be Your Last (2009, 13')A unit of female Japanese soldiers track a group of lost, ancient desperadoes. Who is searching for whom, however, and why? The soundtrack is cobbled together from dictaphone recordings and old 78s.
Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing - EYE Art & Film Prize
The intersection between film and visual art is an important focus of exhibition policy at Eye. To underline this, Eye and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund launched an annual prize in 2015 to promote new work by an artist/filmmaker who is making an important contribution to this interdisciplinary field.