Reading the morphology of Ben Rivers’s chemical landscapes
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).
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.
|Keywords||Film Materialism; Film Portrait; Landscape; The Figural; Hand Processing|
|Journal||Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ)|
|Journal citation||5 (1-2), pp. 58 - 69 (11)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1386/miraj.5.1-2.58_1|
|01 Dec 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||06 Mar 2017|
|Accepted||01 Dec 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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