We’re All Here
Beny Wagner (DE)
video, 2016, 11:40
A short film that channels feelings of inexplicable loss and yearning for something unknown. It enters this existential, emotional state by means of two seemingly unrelated material histories: that of camouflage and fossil fuels. Camouflage is seen as through the human desire to subjugate the landscape to its demands while simultaneously yearning for a complete immersion in its materiality. Petroleum is at once the great global unifier and that which makes those things in immediate proximity stand at an irreconcilable distance. The film attempts to depict a state of consciousness in which the perceived boundaries between the internal and external dissolve.
Beny Wagner (DE/US/IL), born in 1985, is an artist working in moving image, installation, text and lectures. His work investigates the contours of consciousness through language, media technology, and ecology. He has screened and shown his work internationally: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Impakt Festival, Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Venice Biennale, Import Projects, Future Gallery. His work has been featured in Artforum, Spike Magazine Quarterly, Frieze Magazine and Kaleidoscope Press. Wagner graduated from Bard College, New York in 2008. He completed a postgraduate fellowship at Jan van Eyck Academie in 2016.