Event starts at 8.00 pm,  Thursday 16th March

£4/£3 on the door

at BEEF, Brunswick Club, 15-16 Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8NX

BEEF presents Possession Rituals – a programme of four artists’ films by Juan Downey, Charlotte Prodger, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Andrew Norman Wilson.

Since the days of the Surrealist movement and on through the 20th and 21st centuries artists and anthropologists have crossed paths multiple times – sometimes viewing each other with enthusiasm, sometimes suspicion.

These four films by contemporary artists engage both intentionally and unintentionally with ethnography – the study of human cultures.

Subjects range from corporate hierarchy within Google to a sub-culture of online trainer fetishists, from cinematic representations of cult rituals to a trip to visit the Yanomami tribe of Venezuela.

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Image credit Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, The Call of the Wild (2007), film still © The Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London


Possession Rituals is presented by BEEF in collaboration with

The RAI Film Festival 2017 – The Royal Anthropological Institute’s festival of ethnographic, anthropological and archeological filmmaking takes place March 29th – April 1st at the Watershed, Bristol.


The Bioskop Presents… a roving ontological cinema based at the Cube Microplex, Bristol.


The Laughing Alligator, Juan Downey 1979 USA.

This celebrated film was made while artist Juan Downey was living amongst the Yanomami people of Venezuala with his wife and step daughter. The film mixes together personal images and documentary material, and objective and subjective visions to undermine a stable reading of the Yanomami, their culture, and Downey and his family’s relationship to them.

:-* , Charlotte Prodger 2011 UK.

Charlotte Prodger uses ripped YouTube videos and material from internet forums to gaze at a subculture of online trainer fetishist. She places these up against emailed anecdotes of “nightclubs, where the materiality of pulsating light and pounding sound breaks interactions down into a highly subjective experience of gesture – communications becomes intensified, staccato fragments.”

Call of the Wild, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd 2007 UK.

Made with students on a pattern cutting course and shot on the Isle of Lewis, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s film is a delirious cinematic experience influenced by WalkaboutPicnic at Hanging Rock and Jean Rouche’s Les Maitres Fous.

Workers Leaving the Googleplex, Andrew Norman Wilson 2011 USA. 

Described by the artist as “an eleven minute drab-core video essay” Andrew Norman Wilson’s film gives an account of his employment by a Google sub-contractor and subsequent dismissal after he began to make a film investigating corporate hierarchy at the Google campus.


Image credit: Andrew Norman Wilson – Workers Leaving the Googleplex film still 2011
Header Image credit : Charlotte Prodger