[-empyre-] Artwork #1: Benjamin Orlow: The Ticket That Exploded

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 11:49:31 AEST 2018

 -sound editing to create continuity between footage from different
sources—feels manipulative, I know it’s creating a feeling of artificial
wholeness. but draws me in. draws attention to: who is the narrator? the
video editor?
-changing scenes out of the airplane to the ground—hints that this is part
of a larger narrative, will take place in multiple locations
-intimate relations to bodies through closeups of hands and feet—‘intimacy’
complicated because these are found videos
-coins and artifacts: history, the earth, past civilizations
-closeups of people looking into the camera—viewer is connected
‘intimately’ (in same contrived way as with hand and foot closeups) to
individual characters, or avatars of characters.
-footage from many places throughout the world woven into one—narrative of
some kind of global scope condensed into one audio visual experience
-creeping animals—what do they do?—seem to act like bystander characters
uninterested in the filming or editing, or other relations set up between
characters in the video and viewer.
-nude hikers (probably americans, somewhere in the alps?), swimmers in the
cave—examples of adventure tourists. also indifferent to the sense of doom
setup by the sound editing.  Together with animals, many of ‘characters’ in
film are pictured going about their business while the decent into the
earth and the dramatic sound editing create sent of imminent destruction
--relationship between contrived wholeness, found material, adventure
tourism, immanent destruction? who is the narrator?

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 7:26 PM Daniel Lichtman <danielp73 at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is the first artwork! Look forward to responses from the moderators,
and anyone on the list who would like to respond! Also, please feel free to
respond to this artwork at a later date even if other works have been
> Benjamin Orlow
> The Ticket That Exploded
> Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFayZ-6RqSQ
> Benjamin Orlow is a Finnish-Swedish-Russian artist based in London. He
received his MFA from Goldsmiths College 2012. His work has recently been
featured at the ICA in London, Kunsthalle Münster, Fahrenheit Los Angeles,
The Tetley in Leeds, Phoenix Leicester and Hordaland Kunstcenter in Norway.
He has attended residencies at Kunsthalle Roveredo in Switzerland,
Startpoint Prize Prague and PIVO in Sao Paulo. Last year his 24-hour
military-opera-ballet-film, “Horses and Ants" premiered at Sinne Gallery in
Helsinki and he completed his first large-scale public sculpture in
Jakobstad, Finland.

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