Jeu de Paume in Paris is closed until 28 September 2024 due to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Jeu de Paume in Tours is open.

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After Work (still) 2022, Co-directed by Céline Condorelli, 16 mm, colour, sound, 13 mins
© Ben Rivers, Céline Condorelli


Notes for an imaginary

Ben Rivers film cycle

Sunday 26 November 2023 • 2:30 PM

Jeu de Paume – Paris

With an introduction of author M. John Harrison. With Ben Rivers and Antoine Thirion.

films screened

Sack Barrow
2011, 16 mm, colour, sound, 21 mins
I Know Where Im Going
2009, 16 mm, colour, sound, 29 mins, original version, English subtitles
After Work
Co-directed by Céline Condorelli, 2022, 16 mm, colour, sound, 13 mins, original version, English subtitles

The films brought together in this programme reposition the time of human activity within a geological timeframe, thus offering a reflection on work and free time. Sack Barrow focuses on a small family factory on the outskirts of London, originally founded in 1931 with the aim of providing work for war invalids, in the months prior to its liquidation. After Work highlights the hidden work behind the construction of a children’s play area. I Know Where I’m Going is a fragmentary journey through the outskirts of England, along deserted roads, through untouched nature, in the company of a few loners, evoking the hypothesis of the disappearance of the human species in a near geological future.