Ben Rivers: Artist Talk
Monday 14 March, 6.30pm
Talk by Ben Rivers, illustrated by a screening of excerpts from his films
Helston Community College, Church Hill, Helston TR13 8NR
Main Hall, north site, free parking available
Admission free, booking not required
LUX and the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST) present a unique opportunity to hear acclaimed artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers speak about his work. Rivers will discuss recent projects, including his latest feature films The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers and What Means Something, alongside his wider practice. The talk will be illustrated by a selection of film excerpts.
Rivers’ practice treads the line between documentary and fiction, and his camera often turns to individuals and communities who have in some way retreated from society. He typically spends weeks, often months, with the people he films, using the resulting footage as a starting point for his exploratory visions of alternative existences in marginal worlds.
This talk is presented as part of the public programme for The Cornwall Workshop 2016.
About Ben Rivers
Artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers was born in Somerset in 1972, and currently lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in the sculpture and photography departments before finally discovering super-8 filmmaking. Since completing his degree, he has worked predominantly with 16mm film. In 1996, he co-founded the Brighton Cinemathèque, which he co-programmed until its demise in 2006.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Tiger Award for Short Film, International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015 & 2008); FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award, 68th Venice Film Festival (2011); Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel (2011) and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists (2010). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); BBC Television Centre, London as part of an Artangel Open Commission (2015); Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2014); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); Hepworth Wakefield (2012) and Hayward Gallery, London (2011). He recently curated the exhibition Edgelands (2015) at Camden Arts Centre and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in 2015.
Image: Still from Ben Rivers, What Means Something, 2015. Courtesy the artist.