Reading the morphology of Ben Rivers’s chemical landscapes

Journal article


Tarrant, PA (2016). Reading the morphology of Ben Rivers’s chemical landscapes. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ). 5 (1-2), pp. 58 - 69 (11).
AuthorsTarrant, PA
Abstract

This article examines the discursive and aesthetic functions of the abstract material artefacts that emerge from Ben Rivers’s hand processing of his 16mm films, focusing on the various ways these abstract forms interact with photographic images to produce a compound and plastic textuality. Drawing upon Jean-François Lyotard’s theorization of the figural, which seeks to explain the relationship between a text and its own material image, it examines the oscillation between two registers of filmic discourse in Two Years At Sea (2011) and its short predecessor, This Is My Land (2006). In these films, images of people and landscape merge with textures and shapes that arise from hand processing to create newly thickened worlds upon a chemical landscape.

KeywordsFilm Materialism; Film Portrait; Landscape; The Figural; Hand Processing
Year2016
JournalMoving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ)
Journal citation5 (1-2), pp. 58 - 69 (11)
PublisherIntellect
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1386/miraj.5.1-2.58_1
Publication dates
Print01 Dec 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Mar 2017
Accepted01 Dec 2016
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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