Ben Rivers, Look Then Below, 2019, 16mm/HD video
Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry Gallery, London
Usually shot in 16mm, Ben Rivers experimental films offer open and non-linear narratives where animals, plants, and architecture participate in the vast parliament of things. Alternative lifestyles are one of the common threads of his works where time and space become true flexible materials.
Tournés le plus souvent en 16mm, les films expérimentaux de Ben Rivers offrent des récits ouverts et non linéaires où animaux, plantes, et architectures participent au vaste parlement des choses. Les modes de vie alternatifs sont l’un des fils conducteurs de ses oeuvres où le temps et l’espace deviennent de véritables matières ductiles.
Noémie Goudal, Cindy Coutant, Kim Farkas, Daiga Grantina, Antwan Horfee, Botond Keresztesi , Roy Köhnke, Claire Van Lubeek, Ben Rivers, Yan Tomaszewski
Exhibition from June 5 through July 24, 2021
[ Vernissage/opening Saturday, June 5, 2021 ]
In January 2020, NASA announced the discovery of a new exoplanet, visible near the red dwarf TOI 700. If it has joined a catalog that already includes 4000 celestial objects, this one has a particular quality: the distance with its sun could allow the presence of water, which potentially makes it a “habitable” land. The fact remains that the 100 light years that separate us from TOI 700d turns this information into real speculation. No one will be able to tread its hypothetical rocky ground. So you might as well take this name as an excuse to invent a biotope playing with differences and similarities with our knowledge to show how the powers of art are often at stake in transformation…