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Ben Russell's Trypps Series, 1–7, MCA, September 18, 2010

Trypps#7 (Badlands) (10:00, Super 16mm on HD, color, sound, 2010)

Trypps#7 (Badlands) (10:00, Super 16mm on HD, color, sound, 2010)

Trypps 1-7: Seven Films by Ben Russell

Saturday, September 18, 8 pm, MCA Theater, $8, $6 MCA members
Black and White Trypps Number One (6:30, 16mm, b/w, silent, 2005)
Black and White Trypps Number Two (9:00, 16mm, b/w, silent, 2006)
Black and White Trypps Number Three (12:00, 35mm, color, SR, 2007)
Black and White Trypps Number Four (11:00, 16mm, b/w, sound, 2008)
Trypps #5 (Dubai) (3:00, 16mm, color, silent, 2008)
Trypps#6 (Malobi) (12:00, 16mm, color, sound, 2009)
Trypps#7 (Badlands) (10:00, Super 16mm on HD, color, sound, 2010)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME 65:00 minutes

“Using a fabricated Old English word as its guiding principle, this ongoing series of (mostly) 16mm films is conceptually organized around the possible meanings that its title elicits – physical voyages, psychedelic journeys, and a phenomenological experience of the world. Begun in 2005 in a somewhat vain attempt to hold cinema up as a mirror to the live and fully embodied reception of the crazy noise music scene in Providence, Rhode Island, the TRYPPS films quickly expanded their formal and critical language to include the various poles of action painting, avant-garde cinema, portraiture, stand-up comedy, global capitalism, and trance-dance a lá Jean Rouch. While the form of these works varies radically from one to the next, when taken as a whole they can be seen to enunciate what their maker calls “psychedelic ethnography” – a practice whose aim is a knowledge of the Self/self, a movement towards understanding in which the trip is both the means and the end.” – Ben Russell

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