2015 Exhibiting and Performing Artist, Curator
Venue: the Mini Cine @Boyd Plaza and the CMA
Film Screenings: on loop in the Mini Cine from 11am-8pm, April 15-19 – FREE – SCHEDULE
Performance: Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 PM in the Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium, FREE
Using the Future Perfect theme, Benjamin has curated a series of short films around his own film, Two Devices, for the Mini Cine in Boyd Plaza. Benjamin will give a performance of his own work in the CMA auditorium on Thursday, April 16 at 8pm.
Future Perfect Shorts:
The future perfect is a tense tense: it doubles down on a guess about the unknown. This will have happened. Really? How are we so sure? What else might also have happened that we can’t yet see or know? Is the future something that we are able to design, or is it something beyond control, which will ultimately come to (re-)design us? This program explores the dynamic between engineered futures and human consequences.
In the Otolith Group‘s Otolith 1 (2003), a 23rd-century ‘exo-anthropologist’ narrates her own pre-history: after numerous generations of humans are born in space, they have lost the inner-ear mechanism that orients them in gravity. They cannot survive on Earth; it is now only accessible through its visual media.
In Andreas Bunte‘s twin films New University & Normbewegungen, we see the results of a past attempt to engineer a future: the architect Denys Lasdun’s campus at the University of East Anglia. Bunte takes up Modernism’s attempt to control, adjust, and account for the needs of the human body: in one film, we see the stark architecture emptied of people; in the other, he re-imagines the choreography of being statistically measured.
The multi-part film Parallel (2012-2014), by Harun Farocki (1944-2014), looks at the scenographic and cinematic problems of video games. In part 3 of the series, Farocki traces the evolution and realism of video graphics, and the strange artificiality of its imagined worlds.
Benjamin Tiven‘s Two Devices (2014) connects a mechanical flying bird with the weaponization of animals in asymmetric warfare. What is happening to nature while we allow technology to chart its own course? Robotics designs are re-drawing machines in the forms of animals, while violence is forcing animals to act like machines.