benandsebastian are participating in Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Copenhagen, an exhibition curated by Karin Sander at Copenhagen’s Nikolaj Kunsthal. Sander invited the participating visual artists to make a sound piece, any kind of sound, description, reading, music or whatever that would translate their work or working process into sound and make it “visible”. benandsebastian will be showing their sound piece ‘You are welcome to live in the museum during opening hours’, which takes the form of a read letter exchange between the artists and the director of the Danish Museum of Art and Design, Anne-Louise Sommer.
benandsebastian have participated in an exhibition curated by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald. The exhibition was inspired by Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s House Project (1974) & Georges Perec’s Espèces d’espaces (1974).
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’s ongoing Phantom Limbs exhibition project has been on view during the course of the last year at Trapholt Museum of Contemporary Art following the initial show at the Danish Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen.
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).
benandsebastian have received the ‘Two Virgins’ award in association with HCA Festivals 2013. The award was handed over by art historian Bente Scavenius in Odense on the 20th of August 2013.