SAW Video and Knot project space are proud to be hosting renowned American artist and filmmaker, Ben Russell, for a special presentation about his work. Through his many films, live performances, and curation, Russell has developed a dynamic practice committed to ethnographic methodologies and psychedelic phenomena. In this talk, Russell will delve into the role that sound and image relationships play in his work, and will present excerpts of his films. This talk precedes the theatrical screening of Russell’s recent film, Good Luck, which will take place the following day on Saturday, April 21st at 2pm - a co-presentation between SAW Video Media Art Centre and The National Gallery of Canada.
Ben Russell [artist talk]
Friday, April 20th
7pm @ Knot project space
2 Daly Ave - Free
Ben Russell: Good Luck [screening]
Saturday, April 21st
2pm @ The National Gallery of Canada Auditorium
380 Sussex Drive - Free
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Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is an artist and filmmaker 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. Russell received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2009) for his first feature film Let Each One Go Where He May, and was a participating artist in documenta 14. His second feature film, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (co-directed with Ben Rivers), premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2013. Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations (Athens, Greece, 2017). He currently resides in Los Angeles.