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Ben Rivers’s The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

Ben Rivers, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, 2015, mixed media, five-channel digital video projection (color and black-and-white, sound, infinite duration). Installation view, Television Centre, White City, London. Photo: William Eckersley.

EVEN BRITAIN'S NATIONAL broadcasting service is not exempt from the pressures of London’s bullish property market. In 2012, the BBC announced the sale of its Television Centre, the huge facility in White City it had occupied since 1960, to developer Stanhope PLC for £200 million (roughly $300 million). Much of the now-vacant complex is, unsurprisingly, slated for demolition, to make way for housing, offices, a hotel, and a private club. Among the storied structures soon to be razed is the Drama Block, a cavernous space where scenery and props were once built. It was this doomed warehouse that Ben Rivers chose as the site of his recent Artangel commission, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers.

On view this past summer, Rivers’s five-screen installation is closely related to his feature film The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015), but differs

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