Trees Down Here

Ben Rivers
GBR 2018
14 min

To build and create in a way that is open rather than closed: this stated ideal, heard at the beginning, is good for both art and architecture, and holds also for the film itself in its mysterious, associative construction. The images, in their pictorial diversity (black-and-white and colour, sharp and blurry), centre on Churchill College, home to many innovative thinkers since 1960; also seen are a designer’s drawings, owls and snakes, trees and walls. The soundtrack, with rustles, murmurs and clicks, includes words by John Cage and John Ashbery. There’s no story, no schema: only the openness to sensation and connection. (Adrian Martin)

  • Louiza Orlof - Voice
  • John Cage - Voice
  • John Ashbery - Voice
  • Ben Rivers
  • Ben Rivers
  • Ben Rivers
  • Tom Emerson
  • Efe Çakarel
6a architekts, MUBI


35 mm
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