A Third Version Of The Imaginary

Benjamin Tiven
US /
2012 / 12 min
Presentation by theorist Alena Alexandrova
Punt WG, Thu May 19 / 19.30 – 21.30

Tickets 9€ dinner included (vegetarian)

"In this very short, very intense film, we see and understand, as we so rarely do. In a place that acts as a film library in Nairobi, guided by the manager of the site, we follow a presentation of the archives shot in Kenya. From the real difficulties inherent to conservation, we suddenly move on to others. The question of language, of the representation of a language such as Swahili, shapes it into those motifs associated with censure, it is the links between image, language and censure that appear. And yet Benjamin Tiven does not consider this complex ensemble as the subject of his work — but as the very material of his very own judiciously enigmatic film." Jean-Pierre Rehm, from the 2013 FIDMarseille catalog

About the artist

Benjamin Tiven (born 1978) is an American filmmaker and writer based in New York. Benjamin Tiven’s work questions the transformation of forms under the pressure of divergent ideologies and persistent surveillance. His work has been presented at venues as the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Delfina Foundation in London and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck. He has contributed to the journals Triple Canopy, Bidoun, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Bulletins of the Serving Library. He completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012, and was recently a visiting faculty member at Temple University and the School of Visual Arts.

About the guest speaker

Alena Alexandrova is Associate Professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design and Theory Lecturer at the Fine Art department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation Breaking Resemblance: Why Religious Images Still Matter to Artists Today? She has an MPhil degree in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis (cum laude) from the same university. She was a visiting researcher at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University. Currently she is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. She taught in Art and Research and Photography departments at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam University College, and the Dutch Art Institute. Alexandrova is co-editor of a volume on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy and has published internationally in the fields of aesthetics, performance and visual studies. She curated Capturing Metamorphosis at HeritageLab, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam and Anarcheologies: Hypotheses of a Lost Fragment at Ygrec, École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy.


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