Ruaidhri Ryan's semi-staged documentary follows a crew of technicians setting up props in a film studio. The camera casually observes the action, falling in and out of focus as the crew carefully construct the kind of tracking shots one might expect to find in an advertisement. Belt Craft Studios refers to the shoot location — a north London studio used in hundreds of commercials, promos and music videos, permanently furnished with vintage paraphernalia. The environment and the objects within it are used to simulate a seductive sense of authenticity.
Belt Craft Studios, like much of Ryan's work, considers the fetish of a supposed authenticity, which has intensified in parallel with our technological capacity to revise, reshape and perfect almost everything.
Ruaidhri Ryan (b.1988) lives and works in London. He studied MFA Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2014) and BA Hans Fine Art: Media, Bath Spa University (2010).
Selected past exhibitions include: Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter; Plymouth Contemporary Open, Plymouth; Testing Tropes, Kestle Barton, Cornwall (all 2015); 21st Century, Chisenhale, London; Oriel Davies Open, Powys, Wales (both 2014); Blinc Digital Festival, Conwy; AND Shorts, AND Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (all 2013).
Awards include: Exeter Contemporary Open - Moving Image Award; Plymouth Contemporary Open --Special Recognition Award (both 2015); Oriel Davies Open -Student Prize (2014); Arts & Humanities Research Council Award (2012).