Ben On Ben: Sack Barrow, or Don't Let's Forget About The Factory

Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

“In which Ben Russell gathers together a short-list of seven films and videos that reflect the conceptual and material elements at play in the fabrication of Ben Rivers’ 2011 film Sack Barrow. Having observed his dear friend and occasional collaborator at work on the cinema production line for years and years, Russell seeks to offer a spot of invaluable insight (however speculative) into Rivers’ particular manufacturing process. The result, a metal-coated and smoke-filled twenty-one minute 16mm bit of wonderment, all toxic gas and British pin-up model and verité worker sympathy, will be projected for your eyes and ears at the end of the line. What precedes Sack Barrow is the fabrication of influence – a proposition for the alchemical combination of seven works, some of which Rivers has never seen, through which the emotion, spirit, and history of his practice can be seen to resonate. Thematic sub-topics include, but are not limited to: Industrial Flames, Animal Blood, Worker Paranoia, Empty Factories, Labor as Dance, Employee Theft, and Flatulence.”