14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Ben Russell presents two conceptions of time: a space of rapid succession and a space of simultaneity. Against Time celebrates the moment as an entity in which an infinite number of realities comes together synchronistically. (Claire Lasolle, FIDMarseille)
In Against Time, Ben Russell once again explores the relationship between image and sound, which he has always been interested in. The film shakes the visual perception through dynamic changes of sound and image along the trajectory of red and blue colors and fleeting fireworks. From a concert stage bursting with blue flames to a tunnel in Marseille, what is revealed on that long night's journey is a loss of sense of time. In Russell's film, where the transition from one state to another is audiovisually signaled, the collage of the visual and the auditory creates a dynamism between the images. As the images chase, embrace, bump, push and pull each other, the music moves in a rhythm as if hammering them. Against Time regards these two perceptual movements as experiments against the property of time. Like Russell's other films, it was shot on 16mm to show the active rhythm of movement and transition.
Russell is an American artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. He was an exhibiting artist at documentary 14 and his work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, among others.