Tate Modern Film

Speculating Worlds

​Ben Rivers and Gabriel Abrantes The Hunchback 2016, film still. Courtesy Ben Rivers and Kate MacGarry Gallery ​

Virtual worlds and corporate dystopias combine in this pairing of two films inspired by literary texts

Taking different approaches to collaboration and adaptation, the two films in this programme emerge from the meeting point of physical and virtual worlds as they speculate capitalist utopias and dystopias.

Beatrice Gibson’s F for Fibonacci is loosely based on William Gaddi’s modernist novel JR in which an eleven-year-old capitalist creates the world’s greatest virtual empire using his school’s pay phone. Deftly exploring relationships between music and film and education, the film is structured around a conversation between the artist and an eleven-year old boy who created a Minecraft environment for its lead character, Mr Money.

Ben Rivers and Gabriel Abrantes’ collaborative film The Hunchback is a sci-fi adaption of the titular story cycle in the Arabian Nights. Set in a virtual simulation of medieval society, employees of a dystopian tech-company are forced to get back in touch with their feelings by taking on different social roles inside an archaic social order. When a participant playing a hunchback is killed during the simulation, the historical fiction begins to fall apart.

A man riding a scooter in a dystopian landscape

Ben Rivers and Gabriel Abrantes The Hunchback 2016, film still. Courtesy Ben Rivers and Kate MacGarry Gallery ​

a person in an old man mask looking into the camera

Beatrice Gibson, F for Fibonacci 2014, film still. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London

a kaleidoscopic image of half a man's face

Beatrice Gibson, F for Fibonacci 2014, film still. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London

Programme

Beatrice Gibson, F for Fibonacci 2014, 35mm and video transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 17 min

Ben Rivers and Gabriel Abrantes, The Hunchback 2016, Super 16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 28 min

Discussion with Beatrice Gibson and Ben Rivers, moderated by Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX, and Programmer, Courtisane Festival

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

28 October 2018 at 14.00–15.40