Thursday 26 October 2023

Alertism - Bryan Benge

Welcome to the Alertism exhibition, featuring artistic and literary works that were inspired by the Emergency Alert test message that was sent to people with a mobile device on Sunday 23rd April at 3pm.

As we near Halloween the dark nights are full of surprises, orange ghouls and ghostly premonitions. True to form, Bryan Benge's artwork gives us everything we fear. The co-founder of CollectConnect, Bryan's work often reaches beyond home shores, from the Reichstag in Germany to the Ewha University in Seoul, he has an eye for the international landscape. Here he sends out a worldwide alert, beware the Bogeyman! For such a big global threat Bryan has been given 2 First Responders, Sophie Darling and Dan Clarke. Read their responses below.

Bryan Benge

First Responder: Sophie Darling
Fear, sadness… eternal panic at what already happened and what’s to come. How do we understand what is danger, what is panic, and according to who? Do these people care about me? I doubt it

First Responder: Dan Clarke
A sense of foreboding dread at the thought of his potential second term, and what that would mean not only terms of his destructive policies, but in terms of the current thinking of US voters


Bryan Benge explores the digital art medium, his work draws upon autobiography, family history and cultural icons from his past to explore visual memory and re-positioning of the past. Walter Benjamin observes in a Berlin Childhood , around 1900 “Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater.”

Dan Clarke and Sophie Darling are a creative force, their current work includes fashion, design, photography, DJing, music production, radio show presenting and art, plenty of art.

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