Ben Rivers’ Slow Action
, 7 pm
Straddling fact and fiction, Rivers’ new widescreen work explores four utopian island civilizations in an approach that references documentary and ethnographic genres. Investigating these strange lost worlds, he reflects on each with anthropological observations that are at once poetic and profound. “Slow Action provokes an imaginative leap of perception on the part of the viewer, inviting them to read futuristic patterns into images that are clearly earthbound and contemporary, however remote” (Artforum). 2010, 16mm transferred to video, 45 minutes.
Redmond Entwistle’s Monuments
, 8 pm
At the intersection of art history, fiction filmmaking and social critique, Entwistle’s dryly humorous take on the late 1960s revives artists Gordon Matta-Clark and Robert Smithson as they join a youthful Dan Graham on a tour of New Jersey. In what Entwistle calls “a graphic novel rendering of the narrative subtext of their work,” the artist’s deadpan stand-ins dissect society and a landscape beset by commercial development while also musing on their sculptural works. 2010, 16mm, 30 minutes.
The digital version of this piece plays in the Lecture Room May 3-29.