Experimental Filmmaker Ben Russell Exhibits at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL.- Experimental filmmaker Ben Russell explores “trance, travel, and psychedelic ethnographies” in his highly-acclaimed Trypps film series. Conceptually organized around the possible meanings elicited by its title –including physical voyages and psychedelic journeys — an installation of Trypps #7 (Badlands), the most recent film of the Trypps series, is presented at the next UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago. The exhibition runs through September 27, 2010. Russell’s investigation of the relationship between early cinema, ethnography, and structuralist filmmaking results in immersive experiences that reveal an ongoing concern with cinema as a site for transcendence. His Trypps films incorporate themes of action painting, avant-garde cinema, portraiture, stand-up comedy, global capitalism, and secular spiritualism. Trypps #7 (Badlands), 2010, charts a