The Gain Line’ is a moving-image art work by Ravi Deepres shown at three UK galleries in autumn 2015, coinciding with the Rugby World Cup. The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. Throwing their bodies into the fray to surpass it, and putting their bodies on the line to protect it, players attach inordinate importance to getting beyond this symbolic threshold on the pitch. Beneath the high-impact challenges that take place along this notional frontline, there is another ‘gain line’ players and coaches aspire to reach – one that parallels the rush of competing players with a swarm of chaotic, sometimes conflicting data, captured by a new generation of sensors that players wear in training, and in matches. Although rugby is a visceral, physical sport (‘no pain, no gain’ its philosophical mantra) it is also one that increasingly monitors and mobilises a range of sophisticated technological data (including GPS, heart rate and other readings). Combining insights gained from this new digital field, while also transporting us back to the historical origins of the game, Deepres’ work captures the intensity and dynamics of the sport while also evoking some of the physical and psychological forces it sets in motion.
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in partnership with Phoenix, Leicester and ICIA, University of Bath. Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Premiership Rugby, APR Services and Extreme Facilities.
“exhilarating and ravishingly expressive” 5 Stars, The Guardian
“Gillian Anderson reads Woolf’s suicide letter. Behind her, a huge photograph of waves slowly begins to move, Ravi Deepres’ video imagery gradually speeding up to become a tidal surge”
One of several film sequences created for Woolf Works based on the life and work of Virginia Woolf as inspiration, and in collaboration with Wayne McGregor and The Royal Ballet.
The film was shot at Godrevy lighthouse, one of the locations Woolf visited frequently, and created with the intention of capturing her use and absorption of the power of nature and shifting time.
The sequence was shot using a Phantom Gold camera which begins as a virtually static photographic image then gradually builds up into a raging torrent, lasting over 25mins, a duration rarely used with this kind of technology.
The music for the ballet was created by Max Richter, lighting design by Lucy Carter, and the dramaturg Uzma Hameed with set design by we not I and Cigue.
Ident for FAR, Dance production, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
Film – ravi Deepres
Light Installation – rAndom International
Sound – Ben Frost
Tremor – Channel 4
Set in a decommissioned military Hush House, low and high frequences become the choreography as they manifest themselves physically through the dancers movement As the soundtrack grows progressively more intense and the environment more pressured the physical body struggles to keep control.
Channel 4, Dance Camera West, Cinedans. Prize Winner – Choreographic Captures
Concept, Direction and Editing – Ravi Deepres
Choreography – Wayne McGregor
Sound – Zoviet France
Producer – MJW Productions
2nd Camera – Luke Unsworth
Grading – Evolutions TV
Location Research – Imogen Cloet
For Channel 4 and Arts Council England
Film Installation – Paris opera House, as part of the ballet Genus, choreographed by Wayne McGregor.
The second of two film installations commissioned by The Opera Garnier, Paris, as part of the performance GENUS, choreographed by Wayne McGregor
The video installations are made from material relating to a conceptual interpretation of the inquiries of Charles Darwin. This work is both filmic and choreographic in it’s making and presentation and relates to creation and evolution. The visual elements are hypnotic, beautiful and raw in their different states and reflect elements of nature, art and science. This is used as a platform to express ideas and remind us of our own evolutionary process and thinking through instinctive connection and reaction to the natural world.
The film is created as a cinematic stop motion work, including a remaking through movement of elements from Edweard Muybridge’s photographic collection (with kind permission from Birmingham library photographic archive) and material shot at The Paleantology museum, Paris, and The Darwin Archive-Natural History museum, London.
Commissioned by The Paris Opera House for the performance Genus 2007
Film – Ravi Deepres
(Installation collaboration – Luke Unsworth), (additional collaboration – Evy Dutheil and Karen Perez)
Choreography – Wayne McGregor
Music – Joby Talbot and Deru
Promo Film for FAR, choregraphed by Wayne McGregor
Obscura is the latest collaboration between award winning film maker, photographer and video artist Ravi Deepres and BAFTA-winning director Michael Baig Clifford who have worked together to explore the intersections and common conventions between art and cinema.
Starting with the notion that a classical painting is a chosen point in a narrative, they explore what happens before, as well as the still moment itself, and it’s direct relationship to the viewer.
Based on a thematic of “sight”, they employed optical devices believed to have been used by classical painters such as Vermeer, specifically the camera obscura, and have created a final piece of work which looks and works as a haunting moving painting.
The installation was co-commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, and Fracture Dance and Moving Image Programme (Arts Council England). Pure Cinema has subsequently been exhibited in galleries including The Royal Academy and PM Gallery (London), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Hereford Photography Festival and Star Space (Shanghai) to critical acclaim