Ben Rivers

Slow Action

A co-presentation with TIFF Future Projections programme

September 8 – October 1, 2011

Please note the screening times for this exhibition:
12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

A heady mix of lingering beauty and offbeat humour, Ben Rivers’ four-part, 16mm film, Slow Action extends the artist’s interest in hermetic, rural existence by investigating four parallel worlds in an ostensibly utopian, post-apocalyptic universe. Invoking the concept of island biogeography—the study of rich, morphing ecosystems pertaining to isolated areas with challenging habitats—Slow Action transforms four real locales into wholly imagined futuristic communities. Referencing classic-documentary and ’50s-era ethnographic cinema, Rivers mischievously plays with the disarming and ironic nature of science fiction.

Slow Action is presented in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Future Projections Programme. For more information visit

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Artist Biography

Ben Rivers lives and works in London, UK. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including being shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2010. He is recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists 2010 and the Baloise Art Prize 2011. Recent exhibition venues include: Art Basel, Hayward Gallery (London), Changing Room (Stirling), Matt's Gallery (London), Kate MacGarry (London), ICA (London). Artist-spotlight screenings include the Courtisane Festival, Pesaro International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Tirana Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Pamplona, and a retrospective at IndieLisboa Film Festival. Rivers is represented by Kate MacGarry Gallery, London.