Films and reading

Ben Rivers introduced a screening at Falmouth School of Art, showing films from the programme ‘Edgelands’, selected to accompany his exhibition Earth Needs More Magicians at Camden Arts Centre in 2015:

‘Jaunt’, Andrew Kotting, 1995 (6mins)

‘Rehearsals for Retirement’, Phil Solomon, 2007 (10mins)

‘Little Stabs of Happiness’, Ken Jacobs, 1963 (15mins)

‘In the Street’, Helen Levitt, 1948 (16mins)

‘Fire Child’, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1971 (10mins)

‘Swamp’, Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, 1971 (6mins)

‘The Coming Race’, Ben Rivers, 2006 (5mins)

During evening screenings at Kestle Barton, Ben Rivers showed films from the programmes ‘Portraits’ and ‘Ethnographies’, also selected to accompany his exhibition at Camden Arts Centre in 2015.


‘What Means Something’ (2015), Ben Rivers (a portrait of the painter Rose Wylie)

‘Portrait of Ga’, Margaret Tait, 1952 (4 min)

‘Mr Hayashi’, Bruce Baillie, 1961 (3 min)

‘PS 1998’, Margaret Salmon, 1998 (8 min)

‘The Unlimited Dream Company’, Sam Scoggins, 1983 (24 min)

‘I Touched Her Legs’, Eva Rodbro, 2010 (15 min)

‘A World Rattled of Habit’, Ben Rivers, 2008 (10 min)


‘Let us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget’, Ben Russell, 2013, (20 min)

‘Depression in the Bay of Bengal’, Mark LaPore, 1996, (29 min)

‘Fake Fruit Factory’, Chick Strand, 1986, (21.41 min)

‘Children’s Magical Death’, Timothy Asch & Napolean Chagnon, 1974, (8 min)


Reading list:

Robert Smithson, ‘A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey

Amos Vogel, ‘Film as a Subversive Art, New York: Random House, 1974

Robert Pinget, ‘Baga’, Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1958

Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts, ‘Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness’, London: Jonathan Cape, 2011

Gertrude Stein, ‘Look at Me Now and Here I Am’, London: Peter Owen, 1967

William Golding, ‘Lord of the Flies’, London: Faber & Faber, 1954

Henri Michaux, ‘Selected Writings’, London: W W Norton & Co Inc, 1990

JG Ballard, ‘Concrete Island’, London: Jonathan Cape, 1974