Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization, Light Work, are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Leviathan” by filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Vérena Paravel of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab from September 17 – October 24, 2015.


This exhibition will be the first installment of “We Were Never Human”, a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations exploring the shifting idea of what it means to be human.


In conjunction with the exhibition of “Leviathan” at UVP, the related piece, “He Maketh a Path to Shine after Him; One Would Think the Deep to Be Hoary” will be installed in the Everson Museum’s Cloud-Wampler Gallery from September 19 – November 29, 2015.


Castaing-Taylor will discuss his practice and take questions from the audience at a special free screening of “Leviathan” in the Everson’s Hosmer Auditorium on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm.


This event will be free & open to the public. Reception follows.


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About the Work

Total Run Time: 1 hr. 27 min.


“Leviathan” (2012) is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry.


Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts – at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for “Moby Dick”; it is today the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month.


“Leviathan” follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images, filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine.


Employing an arsenal of cameras that passed freely from film crew to ship crew; that swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.



About the Artists
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists, who work at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the British Museum, and has been screened at the AFI, BAFICI, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Locarno, NewYork, Toronto, and Viennale film festivals, and exhibited at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Berlin Kunsthalle, Marian Goodman Gallery, the X-Initiative, and elsewhere. Paravel’s previous films include “Foreign Parts” (2010, with J.P. Sniadecki) “Interface” series (2009-10) and “7 Queens” (2008); and Castaing-Taylor’s “Hell Roaring Creek” (2010), “The High Trail” (2010), “Sweetgrass” (2009, with Ilisa Barbash), “In and Out of Africa” (2001, with Barbash), and “Made In USA” (1990, with Barbash).


For more information, go to: arretetoncinema.org


Sponsors & Partners
All UVP exhibitions are held in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art, Onondaga County, and the Connective Corridor and are made possible through the generous support of Syracuse University and New York State Council on the Arts.


The free screening of “Leviathan” with Lucien Castaing-Taylor in person at the Everson is part of the official program of the 2015 Syracuse International Film Festival.

For more information and a complete festival program, go to: filminsyracuse.com

Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel:

  • On View:

    September 17 - October 24, 2015
  • Times:

    Thursday - Saturday
    Dusk to 11PM
  • Location:

    UVP Everson
    Everson Museum Plaza
    401 Harrison St.
    Syracuse, NY
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