Monday 25 March 2024

Bryan Benge - Translocation and Dislocation (words by Ed Arantus)

 Welcome to the Translocation and Dislocation exhibition, a selection of eclectic artworks that have been placed or screened beyond the tradition gallery walls. Alongside the art, you can read written works by our First Responders. We will choose a different location for each artwork, the art might be placed in a complementary location (to add to the narrative) or juxtaposed against a competing backdrop to create new meaning.

Bryan Benge's dark and brooding film Translocation - Dislocation appears across the pages of a book. The blank eyed figure looks back at us from the heart of darkness, and although the narrator's lips don't move, we still hear and see his thoughts as though we are reading them from the page. Ed Arantus provides the words below. 

Bryan Benge

First Responder: Ed Arantus

You haven't looked in the mirror for a long time,
because you don't know if the eyes will ever open.
When you haven't seen the sun for several months,
you dream like you’re drunk in the basement.
When the days slow you to a crawl,
there’s still an answer in the pages.
And you remember dancing in the fog as a child,
when the bushes whispered that anything was possible.


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.”

Ed Arantus is a conceptual artist and writer. He published his first work in the Censored Zine in 2010 and has exhibited his work ever since at venues like the Contemporary Arts Research Unit in Oxford and the Museum of Futures in Surbiton.

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