URGENT: SLEEP BETTER a new film by Richard Ducker

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September

Screenings start at 3pm, 5pm, and 7.00pm both days.

Campbell Works is delighted to present a new film by Richard Ducker which will be the artists first project with the gallery.


‘URGENT: SLEEP BETTER’ is a 40 minute sci-fi film of sorts, with no story, although it does have a narrative arc, evoking a sense of dislocation and loss. It is part filmed on an iPhone, part found footage from YouTube, forming a tone poem that uses existing cinematic tropes to establish a montage of emotional disconnect. Woven between these discrete elements is a textual narrative where unspecified surveillance permeates spliced extracts from the writings of ‘Heavens Gate’ cult, ‘clippings’ from the artist’s own spam box and Facebook feed. It offers a glimpse into the overload of a repressed economy, the collapse of privacy, and its corollary, the conspiracy theory’s paranoiac escapism, while the film presents as a series of dreamlike sequences.


Richard Ducker has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally, including the following: Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Serpentine Gallery; Royal Academy, Edinburgh; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; The Kitchen, New York; The Yard Gallery, Nottingham; Katherine E Nash Gallery, Minnesota, USA; Flowers Central; Cell Project Space; Standpoint Gallery; CGP; Anthony Reynolds Gallery; Angus-Hughes Gallery, Coleman Projects; Arthouse1; and dalla Rosa Gallery.

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