Ben Russell (1976) is an American artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena. Russell was an exhibiting artist at documenta 14 (2017) and his work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art Chicago, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, among others. He is a recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2010, Gijón 2017), and premiered his second and third feature films at the Locarno Film Festival (2013, 2017). Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations (Athens, Greece, 2017). He is currently based in Marseille, France.
17.11.2021, 19h - la lumière collective
Ben Russell will talk about his recent film and installation work within the context of cinema-as-vehicle for altered perceptions, both as a means and an end. Russell gives particular attention to the role(s) of author and viewer as active subjects within this construction. Along the way, various artists and histories are invoked, such as Luis Buñuel, Stan Brakhage, Janet Cardiff, Maya Deren, Robert Gardner, Anthony McCall, Jean Rouch, and Hito Steyerl.
The artist talk is preceded by a screening of the Ben Rivers & Ben Russell Co-directed feature A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness.
18.11.2021, 21h - Cinémathèque Québécoise
The Invisible Mountain
A hallucinatory portrait of a man traveling from Finland to Greece in search of the utopian summit described in René Daumal’s “Mount Analogue ” (1952) – a fictional mountain floating in the sea. Equal parts non-fiction cinema, concert film, road movie and spirit quest, our protagonist’s journey is accompanied by immersive musical performances from Finnish guitar trio Olimpia Splendid and American percussionist Greg Fox.