Leviathan and the Entangled Lives of Species
Eye on Art: Leviathan and the Entangled Lives of Species
Artist duo Paravel & Castaing-Taylor – currently featured in the exhibition in Eye – submerge us in the harsh life of ocean fishermen. Introduced by a lecture from Mark Westmoreland, Associate Professor at Leiden University.
‘Spectacular’ is an understatement for what Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel achieved with their impression of life on a fishing boat setting out across the North Atlantic Ocean to fish in the exact location where Melville’s crazed captain Ahab pursued the white whale Moby Dick.
The anthropologically trained pair of artists attached a dozen small GoPro cameras to both boat and crew. From the resulting hours of footage, the makers edited together an impression in raw poetry of life onboard a fishing vessel, showing the crew, the fish, the gulls and the waves all from an equal perspective.
The film premièred at the Locarno film festival in 2012, winning the international film critics’ FIPRESCI Prize ahead of a glorious run through countless festivals.
Preceded by a lecture (20') by Mark Westmoreland, Associate Professor of Visual Anthropology at ReCNTR / Leiden University and co-editor of a special issue on Leviathan for the journal Visual Anthropology Review. He will give an extensive introduction to Leviathan, a film he describes as an 'experimental post-humanist study of commercial fishing in the North Sea'.
Presented in collaboration with ReCNTR, Leiden University.
Paravel & Castaing-Taylor
Eye Filmmuseum presents Cosmic Realism, the first retrospective featuring the works of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Trained as anthropologists, they merge anthropology, documentaries, and visual arts in their craft. The exhibition takes the viewer past seven immersive installations in which the development of the makers can be followed.