The Twilight State

Thursday 18th September / 11AM @ Custom House

Looped installation l 11am – 6pm, Thu 18 - Sun 21 Sep l FREE ENTRY

New Commission | World Premiere

Set between Swaziland and South Africa, in a region still struggling with the divisions produced by an apartheid government, The Twilight State documents the dematerialization of borders through the spiritual lives of the territory's inhabitants. Part documentary, ethnography and dream cinema, filmed on Super 16mm, Ben Russell (A Spell to Ward off the Darkness) presents a kinetic installation.

Produced in partnership with Northern Film & Media, supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

United States born Ben Russell is a media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Russell has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2012, he was named by Cinemascope as one of the “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50.”

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Artist Ben Russell Country UK, USA, South Africa, Swaziland Year 2014 Duration 28 minutes