Ben Russell

Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is a media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image.  Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, documentary practices, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” 

A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Ben 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.  He began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, was co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, IL, has toured worldwide with film/ video/ performance programs and was named by Cinemascope in 2012 as one of the “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50.”  Ben lives between the USA and Europe and is currently calling every new location home.­

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget

As this subject matter is of extreme interest to me, I found this strange, short documentary to be enjoyable in its exposure of the odd lives of the members of...

Greetings to the Ancestors

Not enough structure for me. Landscape film is good, but undefined.


im filing a lawsuit for my senses by assaulted this strangling cat.


Psychics like Edgar Caycee (?) make fantastic claims about Atlantis and give it immense antiquity; others say that the island of Thera is a remnant of the Minoan age destroyed...

Black and White Trypps #1

I have to give a 1-star rating because the video made me nauseous . If the viewer doesn't have a problem with the content of the film,then I say try...