Stay Where You Are: Jem Finer and Ben Rivers

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Past Event

This event was on 5 Mar 2015

World premier of a site-specific film, 51º 30′ 44″ N, 0º 0′ 38″ E, by artist Jem Finer (Longplayer), and the first cinema screening of filmmaker Ben Rivers’ Things (2014), followed by a Q&A with Jem Finer, Ben Rivers and Steven Bode, Director, Film and Video Umbrella.

Stay Where You Are (2014), a year-long project in which four award-winning artists and writers, known for their travels across the planet or through the realm of the imagination, paused to reflect on the appeal of the local. Foregoing the far horizon for the close-at-hand, artist-composer Jem Finer, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, essayist Jay Griffiths and filmmaker Ben Rivers each developed works that focus on their home environment, highlighting places or people, near and dear to them.

51º 30’ 44” N, 0º 0’ 38″ E by Jem Finer is an auditory exploration of the vicinity of his studio at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Assembled from layers of sound gathered during a specific time of day (night, morning, afternoon and evening) this quartet of pieces encompasses the larger cycle of the seasons.

Best known for his ethnographic excursions into remote areas and alien cultures, Ben Rivers’ short film series Things instead focuses on his domestic surroundings and the familiar. Rather than Pacific islands or mountainous forests, he confines his roaming eye to a more intimate environment.

Curated and produced by Steven Bode of Film and Video Umbrella and Gareth Evans.Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England.


Jem Finer is a UK-based artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, he has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music and installation. His 1000 year long musical composition, Longplayer, represents a convergence of many of his concerns, particularly those relating to systems, long-durational processes and extremes of scale in both time and space.

Ben Rivers graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1993. He is the recipient of awards including: FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years at Sea; the inaugural Robert Gardner Film Award, 2013; Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42, for Sack Barrow; Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2010. Recent commissions include the 2013 Artangel Open. He is represented by Kate MacGarry Gallery.