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. 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.

Selected for BFI London Film Festival 2019

James Richards
Video, colour, sound

About the artist

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.

Further resources

Uncontrollable Universe

'James Richards specialises in moving images that prod the attention of their viewer: which image, when and why, are the parameters he leaves open.' —Joseph P Henry on 'Uncontrollable Universe' Read more...