MAGIC FOR BENJAMIN, 2015
Three HD videos (color, sound, loop. 4’30’’, 3’, 3’), two-sided digital prints (framed, with lighting), conjuring objects from the early 1900s, paperback (Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Penguin Books, 2008).
With Helena Olsson and Ihra Lill at Colliding Narratives exhibition, Inter Arts Center, Malmö
1936 Walter Benjamin wrote "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" a text as relevant then as in today's digital age. In it Benjamin talks about reproduction of artistic material and the separation of art from it's ritual heritage.
In Magic for Benjamin, a film made mostly of digital material appropriated from the internet, we are told the story of the Indian rope trick. A magic trick that was in the spotlight during Benjamin's days. Magic for Benjamin points to magic as another field with ritual roots and ponders if "magic and art might have something in common?".
Watch an excerpt from the videos HERE