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All the People Screening + Q&A with Ben Rivers

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A programme of films by artists Ben Rivers, Luke Fowler, Sarah Miles and Adam Chodzko, curated by Josephine Lanyon
Introduction by the Curator and Q&A with Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers, Origin of the Species, 2008 (16 mins)
Luke Fowler, Depositions, 2014 (24 mins 32 secs)
Sarah Miles, Magnificent Ray, 2000 (23 mins)
Adam Chodzko, The Pickers, 2009 (17 mins, 52 secs)

In this beautifully absorbing programme, we find people casting their futures by re-imagining Britain’s rural past. The title is drawn from the county’s fiercely independent 1911 motto ‘all the people of Somerset’ and gathers powerful stories of creative culture, agricultural work and scientific investigations from the hinterlands.

The democratically produced films show how identities are formed through labour, love and learning in the landscape. The programme’s collection of insurgent voices is inspired by Mark von Schlegel science fiction writings commissioned as part of Ben Rivers film Slow Action. Von Schlegel described Somerset as ‘distinguished by its fervent political culture’ and ‘revolutionary principles (that) extend into visual arts and music’.

In each work the film-maker is a quiet presence alongside the people and places. The films are thus a fusion of subject and landscape, fact and fiction, live action and archival material. The programme, hopes to speak to all the people; past, present and future.

We start our journey with Ben Rivers, who was born in Somerset. His film, Origin of the Species (2008), focuses on one man’s life pondering Charles Darwin, shot on an acre of land in Scotland.

Luke Fowler’s Depositions (2014), explores the role of the Highland traveller in Gaelic Highland history and culture, combining archival footage from the Isle of Barra with new footage and interviews.

Sarah Miles returned to her childhood towns of Bridport and Portland to make Magnificent Ray (2000), which re-casts the landscape as a backdrop for a wild-west dream movie.

Adam Chodzko’s The Pickers (2009), features Romanian migrant workers at a strawberry farm in Kent. By the end of the film, we understand the subjects are also the authors of the film.

All The People is curated by Josephine Lanyon, commissioned by Somerset Art Works and working in partnership with Somerset Film, supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.

Ticket: £5 pay at the door, booking recommended.

All The People is also toured to the following venues during Somerset Art Weeks:

Screening + Q&A with Adam Chodzko
FRI 29 September, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 OAB
Ticket: £8/£7 concessions. Box office: 01458 442846
Book online: http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/all-the-people/

Screening + Q & A with Sarah Miles
SUN 1 October 7.30 – 9.30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Cinema Obscura, Wiveliscombe Primary School New Hall, North Street, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LA
Ticket: £5. Book online: https://allthepeople.eventbrite.co.uk

More information: http://somersetartworks.org.uk/allthepeople



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