Part of the Museum of Nothing was shown at Göteborgs Konsthall as part of the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. GIBCA 2015, A Story within a Story, was curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose and presented works addressing several aspects of the production of history.
benandsebastian were interviewed by the Louisiana Channel in connection to the Museum of Nothing.
benandsebastian attended a six-month artists’ residency at the Institute for Provocation, in Beijing. During their residency, which ran from August 2014 until February 2015, they explored 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).