BEN RIVERS

this is my land
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This Is My Land (2006, 14 min, 16mm, b/w)

A hand-processed portrait of Jake Williams – who lives alone within miles of forest in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Jake always has many jobs on at any one time, finds a use for everything, is an expert mandolin player, and has compost heaps going back many years. He has a different sense of time to most people in the 21st Century, which is explicitly expressed in his idea for creating hedges by putting up bird feeders. It struck me straight away that there were parallels between our ways of working - I have tried to be as self-reliant as possible and be apart from the idea of industry - Jake's life and garden are much the same - he can sustain himself from what he grows and so needs little from others. To Jake this isn’t about nostalgia for some treasured pre-electric past, but more, a very real future.

 

Exhibition to date:

On Overgrown Paths – solo show, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, July/Aug 2010
A World Rattled of Habit – Solo Show, A Foundation, Liverpool, Aug 2009
On Overgrown Paths – Solo Show, Permanent Gallery/Regency Town House, Nov/Dec 2008
IF – Group Show - Bloomberg Space, London, March-May 2008
Art With Strangers – Group Show - Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, May 2008

Premier – London Film Festival, Oct 2006
Kassel Dokfest, Germany, Nov 2006
Halloween Short Film Festival, London, Jan 2007 - Best Film of Fest - 2nd place
Rotterdam IFFR, Jan 2007 - nominated Tiger Short
Olsen, Leeds, Jan 2007
Starting From Scratch, Amsterdam/Groningen, Feb 2007
Portland International Film Festival, Feb 2007
Flatpack, Birmingham. Feb 2007
700IS, Iceland, March 2007
Images, Toronto, April 2007
Britspotting, Berlin/Stuttgart, April 2007
Mediawave, Hungary, April/May 2007
IndieLisboa, May 2007
London Film Festival – Experimenta on tour UK, April-June 2007
Documenta Madrid, May 2007
Evolution, Leeds, May 2007
Hay-On-Wye Festival, May 2007
Brutal Festival, Brasilia, May 2007
Hamburg SFF, June 2007 – NoBudget Competition Jury Prize
EXIS, Seoul, Aug 2007
Dokufest, Kosova, Aug 2007
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Aug 2007
Media Art Festival Friesland, Sept 2007
Walking Picture Palace, New York, Oct 2007
Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Oct 2007
Cinecity, Brighton, Nov 2007
OVNI, Barcelona, Nov 2007
Regensburg Short Film Week, Nov 2007
Inverness Film Festival, Nov 2007
Videomedeja, Serbia, Dec 2007
Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Jan 2008
Les Inattendus, Lyon, Jan 2008
Clermont-Ferrand SFF, Feb 2008
Tabacalera, San Sebastian, Spain, Feb 2008
$100 Film Festival, Calgary, Canada, March 2008  - Jury Prize
Courtisane, Ghent, April 2008
Pesaro Film Festival, June 2008
Concorto, Pontenure, Aug 2008
artrmx, Cologne, Aug 2008