The Rare Event

  • Ben Rivers
  • Ben Russell
  • 2018
    • United Kingdom
  • 48 min
  • Colour
  • Production
  • LUMA Foundation, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell

Shot in a Parisian recording studio at a three-day “forum of ideas” focusing on the manifold possibilities of Resistance (the title of Jean-François Lyotard’s unrealized follow-up exhibition at Le Centre Pompidou to his landmark “Les Immatériaux”), occasional collaborators Ben Rivers and Ben Russell have produced what initially appears to be a structuralist document of a philosophical discussion in-the-round. This “appearance dimension” is deceptive, of course, and with the aid of an immersive 5.1 sound-mix, a Green Man, a dose of kinetic digital magic (courtesy of US-based artist Peter Burr) and an impressive cast including Albert Serra, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Étienne Balibar and Jean-Luc Nancy, a document of Resistance slowly transforms into The Rare Event – a portal that joins all dimensions into one.