Ben Lewis is a documentary film-maker, author and art critic, whose films are commissioned by the BBC, Arte and a long list of broadcasters all over the world. He studied history and history of art in Cambridge and Berlin. Ben worked at MTV, DJ-ed and ran a record label before working on programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2001 he established his own documentary and film production company, BLTV.
2009 The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
2007 Art Safari
2006 Hammer and Tickle: the Communist Joke Book
2004 Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific
2002 The King of Communism: the pomp and pageantry Nicolae Ceaușescu
Director's / Curator's Statement:
The documentary speaks about the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and about the dilemmas and dangers involved. In 2002, Google Inc. has started scanning millions of books with the intention of creating a gigantic virtual library, which would contain every book in the world. However, over half of the scanned books were protected by copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop the project, which culminated in a trial in New York. The representatives of Google claim that the purpose of the project is to create a superior form of intelligence, predicted by H.G.Wells in his 1937 essay " World Brain ", however, the sceptics believe that, their real intentions entirely different.