BEN RIVERS

the coming race
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The Coming Race (2006, 5 min, 16mm, b/w, Ireland)

A film in which thousands of people climb a rocky mountain terrain. The destination and purpose of their ascension remains unclear. A vague, mysterious and unsettling pilgrimage fraught with unknown intentions.

The title ‘The Coming Race’ is after a Victorian novel by E.G.E. Bulwer-Lytton, published 1870, concerning a subterranean super-race who live under a mountain – which at the time was considered by some to be a work of fact.

 

Selected Exhibition:

The Coming Race – Bielefelder Kunstverein, Apr/May 2009
Media-Space – Ex-Ikea, Stuttgart, Jan 2009
Syndicate – Rokeby, Dec 2008
Nought to Sixty, ICA London, Sept 2008
IF – Group Show - Bloomberg Space, London, March-May 2008
Figuring Landscapes, Touring Show, 2008/9
Claremorris Open, Ireland, Sept/Oct 2007
Prizewinners Show (two-person show with Tomas Chaffe), Surface Gallery, Nottingham, March/April 2007
IFF Rotterdam, Jan 2007
Starting From Scratch, Amsterdam/Groningen, Feb 2007
Images, Toronto, April 2007
Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee, April 2007
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, April 2007
Onion City, Chicago, June 2007
EXIS, Seoul, Korea, Aug 2007
25fps, Zagreb, Sept 2007
Media Art Festival Friesland, Sept 2007
NYFF – Views from avant-garde, Oct 2007
Images Festival on tour, Oct 2007    
Pantheon Experimental, Cyprus, Nov 2007
Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid 2007/8
OVNI, Barcelona, Nov 2007
Les Inattendus, Lyon, Jan 2008
Hong Kong International Film Festival, March 2008
Courtisane, Ghent, April 2008
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, April 2008 
Pesaro Film Festival, June 2008
Kill Your Timid Notion Tour, Nov 2008
Cinecity, Brighton, Nov 2008
Punto da Vista, Pamplona, 2009
Tirana International Film Fetsival, 2009
Image Forum, Japan 2009
Indielisboa, 2010

 

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