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The Rare Event

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The Rare Event by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
Saturday, April 14, 7:00PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

Co-presented in partnership with Cinema Scope and Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)

The Rare Event revolves around a forum involving a cast of notable thinkers, writers, artists, and critics gathered to imagine the possibilities of Résistance, the unrealized sequel to Jean-François Lyotard’s 1983 exhibition titled Les Immatériaux. Tasked with documenting the three-day “forum of ideas,” collaborators Ben Rivers and Ben Russell intervene in the philosophical discussion by gesturing toward the promises of Lyotard’s conceptual project concerned with the obverse side of communication: noise, distortion, and magic. Through the use of a haptic surround sound mix that is often deferred and delayed in time, the circling presence of a “Green Man,” and the dense digital environments of artist Peter Burr, a parallel event begins to appear, one that wanders in and out of the discursive space and toward other dimensions of sensibility and experience.

Preceded by
Invocation of My Demon Brother
Kenneth Anger
UK, 1969, 16MM, 11 MIN
Almost 50 years since the conception of the film as “an attack on the sensorium,” Invocation of My Demon Brother still retains the possibility of “resistance” through satanic manifestation and magic.

$12 general admission
$6 students, seniors, underemployed

Ben Rivers and Ben Russell will be in attendance.



Ben Rivers is an artist and filmmaker represented by Kate MacGarry Gallery in London. Recent solo shows include: Phantoms, Triennale, Milan; Urth, The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Islands, Kunstverein of Hamburg; and Earth Needs More Magicians, Camden Arts Centre, London. His most recent feature film, The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, premiered in the main competition at Locarno International Film Festival.

Ben Russell (b. 1976, US) is an artist 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 and evoking the research of Jean Rouch, Maya Deren, and Michael Snow, among others.



Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent film, video and other time-based media. Images Festival is excited to announce its 31st edition, taking place from April 12 - 20, 2018 across Toronto. Focusing on local, national, and international contemporary moving image culture, Images Festival continues to present vanguard projects across cinematic, exhibition, and live platforms.

Images Festival acknowledges the generous support from our public funders. The Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and TD Bank.