Screening

Late Screenings III

17 Oct 2019

Regular opening hours

Thu, 17. Oct
20:00 – 22:00

Free admission

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Bus: 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49 from Central Edinburgh
  • Train: Edinburgh Waverly Station

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Rhubaba is delighted to present the third instalment of our Late Screenings programme, with films from Ben Rivers and Beatrice Gibson.

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Each evening of artists’ films will explore a different theme, selected by Rhubaba committee members. This instalment will include Beatrice Gibson’s A Necessary Music and Ben River’s Slow Action, both films constructing and exploring utopian spaces for inhabitation.

This event is free and un-ticketed; refreshments and popcorn will be provided.

Beatrice Gibson’s A Necessary Music is a science fiction film about modernist social housing. A musically conceived piece, referencing the video operas of Robert Ashley, the film explores the social imaginary of a utopian landscape through directed attention to the voices that inhabit it. Treating the medium of film as both a musical proposition and a proposal for collective production, A Necessary Music employs the resident of New York’s Roosevelt Island as its authors and actors, gathering together texts written by them and using them to construct a script for the film. Casting seventeen residents to enact these lines accompanied by a fictional narration take from Adolfo Bioy Casares‘ 1941 science fiction novel ‘The invention of Morel’, the film deploys fiction as a tool to frame and activate its site. Self-consciously dissolving from attempted realism to imagined narrative, what begins as a process concerned with sociality becomes instead an ethnographic fiction about place and community, and an investigation into representation itself.

Ben River’s Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film which exists somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. Slow Action applies the idea of island biogeography – the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat – to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years; the sea level rising to absurd heights, creating hyperbolic utopias that appear as possible future mini-societies.

Accessibility

This event is open to everyone.

If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know via info@rhubaba.org and we can advise if we are able to accommodate. Please note that unfortunately Rhubaba does not have a wheelchair accessible toilet or any baby changing facilities and has one gender neutral bathroom. The gallery space is accessible by wheelchair; please email in advance (or knock!) and staff will assist with the door. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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Exhibiting artists

Ben Rivers

Beatrice Gibson

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