6th DMZ Docs(2014)
I AM DOCU
“We Utopians are happy / This will last forever” Loosely framed by Plato’s invocation of the lost continent of Atlantis in 360 BC and its re-reresurrection via a 1970s science fiction pulp novel, Atlantis is a documentary portrait of Utopia - an island that has never / forever existed beneath our too-mortal feet. Herein is folk song and pagan rite, religious march and reflected temple, the sea that surrounds us all. Even though we are slowly sinking, we are happy and content.
Born 1976 in Springfield MA. Ben Russell is a media artist and curator whose films, installations and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, documentary practices, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship, and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI Award recipient, Ben has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), the Viennale (Austria), and MOMA (New York). He began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, was a co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, has toured worldwide with film/video/performance programs, and played the lightsensitive skull in a double drum trio called ‘BEAST’. He currently resides in Paris, France. Atlantis (2014) A Spell to Ward off the Darkness (co-directed with Ben Rivers) (2013)Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget (2013)
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