Monday, 3 September 2012
Leviathan is a film by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists, who work at the sensory ethnography lab at harvard university. Their work is in the permanent collection of the museum of modern art, new york, and the british museum, and has been screened at the afi, bafici, berlin, cph:dox, locarno, new york, toronto, and viennale film festivals, and exhibited at london’s institute of contemporary arts, the centre pompidou, the berlin kunsthalle, marian goodman gallery, the x-initiative, and elsewhere. Paravel’s previous films include foreign parts (2010, with j.p. sniadecki) interface series (2009-10) and 7 queens (2008); and castaing-taylor’s hell roaring creek (2010), the high trail (2010), sweetgrass (2009, with ilisa barbash), in and out of africa (2001, with barbash), and made in usa (1990, with barbash).
in the very waters where melville’s pequod gave chase to moby dick, leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
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