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Harmless Poisons, Blameless Sins

Part of Radio 4’s collaboration with Artangel to commission new works from British contemporary artists, Ben Rivers was one of two artists selected in the open call for proposals in 2013. The result has been Rivers’ most ambitious and multi-faceted work to date – a feature film (The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers), a multimedia installation at BBC Television Centre, a book, and this series of five audio pieces for broadcast on Radio 4.

The work revolves around the stories of the American novelist Paul Bowles and his muse, the renowned Moroccan writer and artist Mohammed Mrabet. Combining documentary and fiction approaches, the strange, poetic and sometimes brutal narratives often centre around the traditional Moroccan culture of smoking Hashish.

You can catch the first two episodes here: