Opening: It is Here/This will Last Forever

4 October at De Appel
Ben Russell

Join the Appel for the opening of our new exhibition It is here /This will last forever, by Ben Russell. This solo exhibition - the first by the artist in the Netherlands - presents recent works that contend with concepts of utopia and dystopia through observation and sensation. Good Luck (2017), stages Russell’s structural, vibrant, and multi-sensory approach to ethnographic cinema in fragmented physical space—offering a dynamic comparative portrait of natural resource excavation. The film captures extraction in two different parts of the world, focusing in on the faces, movements, and gestures of the men who do the back-breaking work, and the sounds and colors of the working environment. This presentation foregrounds the phenomenological attributes of the piece, placing the viewer’s physicality in relation to the film’s portraiture, and highlighting the effects of haptic sound on experience. Accompanying the installation, the artist has created a sculptural analogue, Good Luck (Echo),that turns a sheet of copper into a resonant, speaking subject—connecting the sounds of the environment to the product of extraction.

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Schipluidenlaan 12D4,

1062 HE,

Amsterdam,

+31 (0) 206255651,

info@deappel.nl,

http://deappel.nl/en/programme

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17-20 hrs

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