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Ruth Paxton: Nevada / Rockhaven

Ruth Paxton: Nevada / Rockhaven

Wed 9 Jan 15:30 ICA, Screen 2

Filmmaker Ruth Paxton presents 2 visual films as a screening installation. Both films explore powerful themes of performance, rescue, guilt and loss, and sit somewhere between experimental documentary and artwork. Audiences will find the pieces engaging, emotive, sensory and beautiful.  

NEVADA (2012) is the psychological portrait of two lovers who have grown to fucking hate one another; who are well beyond breaking point and who must separate. Drawing inspiration from aspects of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s fated marriage as a springboard for content and style, NEVADA is a contemporary experimental study about a failed relationship, and how exhausting hatred can become.

ROCKHAVEN (2012) is an experimental film, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society through the London Short Film Festival, made in response to the epic contemporary composition, ‘Prometheus’ written by Brian Ferneyhough. The film is an intimate physical portrait of two male boxers, and explores themes to do with provocation, endurance, saturation and repetition, featuring textural abstract projections. It premiered with a live performance of the orchestral work in Nottingham earlier in 2012.

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