Rob Crosse: Ritual choreography

The subjects in Crosse’s films, often groups of older men, are bound into an intimate and supportive network through a collective activity. A time that celebrates former technological achievements before digital communications, virtual relationships and cloud-based knowledge hubs. These secular rituals appear both strange and unquestionably necessary. Their stories and conversations allow Crosse access into the group to observe the smallest gestures, the subtlest movements and interactions, which take on a quiet significance in the films.

Rob Crosse has selected a programme of artist shorts that reflect and relate to his own practice, including his newest film work, Clear as a bell (2016).


Geoffrey Jones
This is Shell (1970)
8 mins

Patrick Goddard
Free Radicals (2013)
6 mins

Roddy Buchanan
Soda Stream (1997)
1 min 30 secs

Lucy & Edward
7 Year Itch (2015)
4 mins

Fatma Bucak
Blessed are you who come – Conversation on the Turkish-Armenian Border (2012)
8 mins

Apichatpong Weerasthakul
Mobile Men (2008)
4 mins

Elizabeth Price
User Group Disco (2009)
15 mins

Rob Crosse
Clear as a bell (2016)
7 mins 30 secs

Rob Crosse lives and works in London. He graduated with an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include; Clear as a bell, Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK; Time and Space, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A, 2016; Family Politics, Jerwood, London, 2013; and New Perspectives, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar, 2013. Crosse has screened his films in a number of institutions both nationally and internationally including; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Chisenhale Gallery, London and 1Shantiroad, Bangalore, India. He has completed residencies at Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A; Foundation Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain; and Woodmill, London, UK. He is currently working with Film and Video Umbrella on a new commission which will form part of a solo exhibition at Grundy, Blackpool in April 2017.