benandsebastian are giving a talk together with artist and curator Liu Ding at the Today Art Museum on Saturday 20th of September. The talk will be facilitated by Max Gerthel, and themed around notions of collecting within art practice.
benandsebastian were interviewed by the Louisiana Channel in connection to the Museum of Nothing.
benandsebastian opened the Museum of Nothing at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen. The museum forms part of ‘Beyond Reach’, an exhibition also including works by AVPD, Bank & Rau, Margrét Bjarnadóttir & Elín Hansdóttir.
benandsebastian are currently on a six-month artists’ residency at the Institute for Provocation, in Beijing. During their residency, which runs until February 2015, they aim to explore the more discursive side of their practice, elaborating on notions of authorship and authenticity.
DAMn°: “I detect an invisible presence hovering between the individual meanings and histories of each piece – your own or those of the museums’ collections. Would you also describe this ephemeral linkage as a work of its own?”
benandsebastian: “Absolutely. We see Phantom Limbs both as a single work and as a series of fragments. The Phantom Limbs exhibition creates its own ghost network of implied absences. We see these absences as having the capacity to link things together. When someone loses an arm or a leg, it is the continuation of sensation in that amputated limb that allows the body to accept and employ a prosthetic limb as part of itself. We’re fascinated by this capacity for absences to create dynamic connections and these are at the core of the exhibition.”
benandsebastian were followed around Berlin for a day by the Danish national broadcasting corporation, Danmarks Radio, which has made a documentary about the duo (watch here).