James Richards & Leslie Thornton
(USA/Germany/Switzerland · 2018 · 60 min · English, English subtitles)
For Abyss Film, Richards and Thornton intermix new videos with raw material from their own extensive archives. By doing so, they break with familiar forms of exhibition to share a kind of beginning in an open-ended encounter with the hidden and concrete aspects that characterize their respective works. Almost imperceptible attractions circumnavigate the breadth of their materials. This program follows upon their recent artist residency at CERN in January 2018, and the fitting observation that the largest machine in the world seeks in fact the smallest matter. Abyss Film speaks to possibilities made visible by the moving image, allowing a fall into the vertiginous pleasures of looking beyond and beyond again.
James Richards’ video, sound, and curatorial projects examine themes of obsession, desire, and technology through archival research, found footage, and extensive collaboration.
Leslie Thornton is a recognized pioneer of contemporary media aesthetics, working with film, video, photography, and installation.
b. 1983, Cardiff, UK
Lives/works in London, UK & Berlin, DE
b. 1951, Knoxville, US
Lives/works in New York, US
Premiere & conversation
Saturday, November 10, 8pm
Looped screening from November 10