James Richards: Uncontrollable Universe

A rumination on the relationship between the body and technology, Uncontrollable Universe brings still images to life by tracking across and zooming into archive images using the classic documentary trope of the Ken Burns effect. Scans of medical equipment, X-rays and scraps of found material emerge in counterpoint with a fragmentary, manipulated soundtrack, led by the human voice, which ruminates on the relationship between the body and technology. Continuing Richards’ investigation into the formal possibilities of both collage and an embodied, affective moving image, this new work centres on the immersive potential of the cinema auditorium and the position of the viewer within it.

James Richards (b. Cardiff, UK 1983) lives and works in Berlin and London. He has recently exhibited had solo shows at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover; ICA, London; Bergen Kunsthall; Kunstverein München; Chisenhale Gallery and Tate Britain, London. Selected group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Less Than Zero, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Cut to Swipe, MoMA, New York;  Frozen Lakes, Artists Space New York; and The Encyclopaedic Palace, 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale de Venezia, Venice). In 2017, Richards represented Wales at the 57th Venice Biennale.