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Ben Rivers

[Laura Simpson on Ben Rivers]: There are some canny and some uncanny connections between Ben Rivers’ Sack Barrow, filmed in an outdated factory, and John Grierson’s life and work. They represent conscious links in relation to the politic for artists working with actuality, but also, and more importantly, there is an affinity evident in both their practices where poeticism is seen within the real world, a real world riddled with symbolism and mythology, quiet iconic figures and close quarters with nature.

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    NOW, AT LAST!

    Ben Rivers United Kingdom, 2018

    In Now, At Last!, Ben Rivers investigates what it’s like to live in slow-motion by capturing a day in the life of a sloth. When slowness is a way of living, every daily action, even the most mundane one, becomes amplified, strangely dramatic, and almost monumental—including taking a nap.

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    GHOST STRATA

    Ben Rivers United Kingdom, 2019

    What if film’s most precious function were to capture the passing of time: those meaningful but unnoticed fragments of existence and geological layers of history? Filmed in sumptuous 16mm and structured in twelve chapters, Ben Rivers’ globetrotting film diary reflects on what “now” might be.

    TWO YEARS AT SEA

    Ben Rivers United Kingdom, 2011

    This gorgeous, transfixing documentary from U.K. artist Ben Rivers is the tranquil yet fascinating study of a life of unique solitude. Using 16mm black-and-white film, Rivers captures the slow, palpable rhythms of isolation from the modern world, and a life attuned to the smallest details of nature.

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