For his first exhibition at East London's Matt's Gallery, Ben Rivers presents Slow Action, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi extravaganza that brings together a series of four 16mm film works that function as a cross between documentary, ethnography and fiction.
One of the most popular film artists working in the UK today, Rivers' films attract audiences, for one reason, because they are interesting and well-made films that finely tread the line between artists' cinema, art cinema and artistic cinema.
Slow Action explores curious geographical environments, in this instance the idea of island biogeography, and how species and eco-systems evolve when very isolated terms. Filmed across Lanzarote, the island of Gunkanjima (an island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, also known as Battleship Island), Tuvalu (one of the smallest countries in the world) and the soon-to-be discovered island of Somerset, this is a gently moving series of portraits which keeps the Rivers' exploratory practice well alive.
Slow Action by Ben Rivers is at Matt's Gallery from 26 January - 20 March 2011.