Ben Russell: River Rites

Filmed in one take and played in the reverse, this captivating and ambitious work by filmmaker Ben Russell, titled River Rites, is an exercise in what the artist called “psychedelic ethnography.” However, far from functioning as an objective document, this film works aggressively against the notion of representing an ethnographic ‛other’. Filmed in a rural community on the Upper Suriname River in Suriname, South America, River Rites explores a riverside bank where children and young adults congregate, wash garments, and frolic in shallow waters. The magic of film comes with Russell’s undoing of time, playing with viewers’ perceptions and understanding of what may or may not come next (or, in this case, before). The film’s immersive installation involves a free-standing screen and reflective floor.
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As the Indianapolis Museum of Art has grown to become an internationally renowned museum, attention has turned toward increasing the emphasis on combining art with nature. The galleries are surrounded by gardens, water features, over a hundred acres of woodland filled with surprise and beauty. The campus itself is ideal for performances, afternoon walks, kite-flying, cloud-gazing, memory-making, new-idea-having. There’s a mansion to stage unforgettable events, restaurants for relaxing, bars for microbrews and friendships. Newfields is a setting where it’s easy to make connections of all sorts. Like no place else in Indianapolis.

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