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Benna Gaean Maris
Either eclecticism or boredom
Either eclecticism or boredom

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ATTENTION: web-site address has changed

Please update your bookmark: Benna Gaean Maris' web-site is now available at the new address above. The old one will still be available for some time to redirect you there.

New economy killed the free web philosophy...
"I regret to give up with the former free domain name, but in the last years the internet has become more and more a profit machine, turning quite troublesome to keep up with the free web philosophy, hence the need to buy a proprietary domain. Anyway, not in my name, my website will not have my name, I'd prefer a meaningless sequence of letters, let's say that just casually are the ones composing my name, maybe alphabetically sorted."
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• Der Gesang verschwindender Arten

The audio tracks dying for selfies (from the experimental "*the black album*") and evergreen participate to the group exhibition Der Gesang verschwindender Arten (The singing of vanishing species) curated by Tom Albrecht at the Projektraum of Group Global 3000, Berlin.

Through intensive agriculture, insecticides, pesticides and monoculture, animal and plant species die out. Bird species disappear, bees die as pollinators, wild plants become less, insects die out, biodiversity decreases. Fewer fruits, vegetables and cereals are cultivated. This type of agriculture is not sustainable. The singing of vanishing species can not be heard. Species die silently.

Artists showing their positions on the subject with sculpture, installations, painting, collage, videos, sound:
Alfred Banze, Sandra Becker, Lioba von den Driesch, Stephan Groß, sylvia anais krüger, Magenta, Benna Gaean Maris, Sybille Neumeyer

26/04 - 22/06 2018
Der Gesang verschwindender Arten
Projektraum der Group Global 3000
Leuschnerdamm 19
10999 Berlin

Exhibition Fridays 5pm- 8pm and Sa. 27.4., Su. 29.4., 3pm-6pm

Vernissage 27.4., 7pm o'clock,
Tom Albrecht: Welcome,
Introduction to the exhibition: Dr. Carola Muysers,
Matthias Pfister: "Vanishing Species" piece for accordion

Reading 11.5., 7pm o'clock, Mikael Vogel reads in german from his collection of poems "Dodos on the Run. Requiem for a lost bestiary "(Verlagshaus Berlin, 2018). Case stories of extinction, of the last representative of a species and the rise of man. A web spun out of nature observation, capitalism, colonial and power history.

Artist talk 25.5, 7pm o'clock Artists of the exhibition speak with guests about their works.

Lecture 8.6., 7pm o'clock, Dr. Robert Bartz: "Arten sterben bei uns" (In german), Researcher at the Department of Ecosystem Science / Plant Ecology of the TU Berlin

Finissage, 22.6., 7pm o'clock

Dying for selfies (dedicated to baby dolphins) (from the experimental audio album "the black album", CD audio, 2016, 25’25”) was conceived after reading the news about the death of a baby dolphin caused by people taking him out of water to make selfies on the beach.
The album is available at as digital download or as an art box CD specially handmade in limited edition.

Evergreen, 2007, Stereo audio, 2’32”
An approaching women singing into a dreamy atmosphere where echoes from ancient times recall a gorgeous Nature long ago disappeared: a seemingly innocent chant is the prodrome of the yearning hegemony of mankind.
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• DIN A4 - Everything Art

The two new complementary graphics diversity and freedom will be exhibited at the group exhibition DIN A4 at BBK OSNABRÜCK - Kunst-Quartier in Osnabrück, Germany.

27/04 19/05 2018
Bierstr. 33
Osnabrück D-49078

Tue-Fri 2pm-6pm | Sat 11am-4pm

Exhibiting artists: Alexander Estis, Anna Hack, Annie Fischer, Armin Amirian, Aya Imamura, Ayame Ono, Benna Gaean Maris, Billy Friebele, Björn Hansen,,Dagnija Tscherewitschnik, Davood Mehdi Raky, Dirk Gaydoul, Eva Preckwinkel, forschungsgruppe kunst, Friedrich Dörer, Gitte Klisa,,Harald Busch, Helga Schwalt-Scherer, Javad Jazebi, Jürgen Wendt, Katja Staats, Lita Poliakova, Lorenzo Bordonaro, Markus Maier, Meike,Lohmann, Mina Talaee, Petra Merz, Pit Molling, Ruru Alonso, Saba Nadi Nia, Sabina Zentek, Sarah Leja, Susanne Eisermann, Tetsushi,Higashino, Tim Cierpiszewski, Tony Conlon, Ulrike Anna Schwartz, Verena Braunstein, Xavier Ovidio, Zara Alexandrova, Zoran Georgiev

freedom, 2018
Tryptic, ink stamped on paper, three 297 × 210 mm (each), ~ 297 × 680 mm (overall), ed. 4

diversity, 2018
Tryptic, ink stamped on paper, three 297 × 210 mm (each), ~ 297 × 680 mm (overall), ed. 4

“Diversity is freedom, and both are interchangeable.”
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The recording of the performance "*rewilding a plum tree*" will be projected at the group exhibition Bauer sucht Industrie curated by Tom Albrecht at Group Global 3000, Berlin.

9 February - 13 April 2018
Bauer sucht Industrie
Group Global 3000
Leuschnerdamm 19, 10999 Kreuzberg
Berlin, Germany

Fridays 5 - 8 pm

Object, Photo, Painting, Graphics, Video, Installation

Vernissage: Friday 9 February, 7 pm
Artists talk: Friday 23 February, 7 pm
Lecture: Friday 23 March, 7 pm
Finissage: Friday 13 April, 7 pm

rewilding a plum tree, 2014
Performance, video recording, 480 x 640 pixels, b/w, audio, 5’03”

«The notion of planting a tree as a revolutionary act in the context of the very same act being considered illegal is intriguing and goes beyond Beuys’ work.»
Vivi Kallinikou, Art Theorist
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You are invited to visit the solo exhibition From Garbage to Infinite curated by Manzi Yang at 16x9 Gallery in Southfield, MI - U.S.A.

8 January - 16 February 2018
From Garbage to Infinite
16x9 Gallery - CoAD - Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI, U.S.A.

Several aspects of the artist's expression, from environmentalism to philosophy, through the analysis of commodification, human behaviour and mass media relations, are featured in this exhibition presenting two multi-channel video installations in two separate periods.

First three weeks:

spray can, 2009
Multi-channel video installation, colour, silent, 1’15”

«Behind an apparent simplicity, this work has several intents: environmentalism, simple contemplation of the past, analysis of the induced social behaviours, revelation of a schizophrenic and ungrateful hegemony.
The original purposes of these polluting relics, carefully preserved digitally before the final vanishing, are combined into couples of antithetical objets trouvés, two electronic readymades paired to be conceptually complementary, forming a Tao made of the opposite forces that rule the cosmos: attraction and repulsion
A desire for supremacy is revealed by the title, read as an imperative phrase deceptively boasting a conferred power: the spray can, the spray is able to.»

Last three weeks:

arbitrary screen resolutions, 2014-2015
Multi-channel video installation, variable size still frames, silent

More details on the next announce.
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Triennale della Fotografia Italiana

The unpublished diptych sacred and profane love and the polyptych the barter will be exhibited at the first Triennial of the Italian Photography that will be held in Venice at the prestigious venue of Palazzo Zenobio.

Triennale della Fotografia Italiana
11 November - 12 December 2017
Palazzo Zenobio
Dorsoduro 2596
Venice, Italy
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The video topic #7 has been selected for the series of bi-annual projections in Europe and the world in pop contexts VIDEOART IN LOOP curated by Roberto Ronca and patronised by AIAPI.

15 - 30 November 2017
Various sites
Europe / World
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The Wrong Biennale

Some of my works are participating in The Wrong Biennale, the biennial totally dedicated to web-media arts.

The video-performance all rods lead to Rome is on display in its integral version at the Prosthetic Pavilion.

The video aim has been selected for the Homoeostasis Lab Pavilion.

The Wrong Biennale
1 November 2017 - 31 January 2018

Prosthetic Pavilion

Homeostasis Lab Pavilion
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In this video of the exhibit VITA TUA, VITA MEA you can see my exhibited artworks.
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BAU 14 - Container of Contemporary Culture

The graphic artwork "ASSEGNO CIRCOLARE" (Cashier's Check, or literally "circular bank draft"), created on purpose, is among the ones included in Progetto BAU n.14 - GPS - Global Participation System, an exclusive case realised this year in 180 copies, that has entered many public and private collections, as Mart in Rovereto or London's Tate Modern.

You are invited to the launch that will be held at GAMC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Viareggio, Italy, Saturday 1 July 2017 at 6 pm.

During the free entrance evening, you can taste an aperitif, watch projections, performances and listen to a concert.

The authors of BAU 14: Paolo Albani, Nino Alfieri, Silvia Ancillotti, Nora Bachel, Enrico Baj, Calogero Barba, Riccardo Bargellini, Hilde Bauer, Diego Bertelli / Marlynn Wei, Antonella Besia, Giovanni Bianchini, Maicol Borghetti, Antonino Bove, Brigata Topolino, Luca Brocchini, Giuseppe Calandriello, Gloria Campriani, Cinzio Cavallarin, CCH, Gian Luca Cupisti, Luca Da Silva, Gabriele Dini, Gillo Dorfles, Bicio Fabbri, Gionata Francesconi, Benna Gaean Maris, Carlo Galli, Cristina Gardumi, Massimo Gasperini, Delio Gennai, Gumdesign, Andrea Hess, Barbara Höller, Margherita Labbe, Gianni Landonio, Le Forbici di Manitù / Emanuela Biancuzzi, Jikke Ligteringen, Lello Lopez, Luciano Maciotta, Dieter Maertens, Manuela Mancioppi, Gualtiero Marchesi, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Vincenzo Merola, Vito Mollica, Rachel Morellet / Till Riecke, Maria Mulas, Mario Mulas, Sabine Müller-Funk, My Cat Is An Alien, Francesca Nacci, Giulia Niccolai, Michela Nosiglia, Guido Peruz, Luisa Protti, Ptrzia (TicTac), Ina Ripari, Margherita Levo Rosenberg, Stefano Ruggia, Massimo Salvoni, Caterina Sbrana, Luca Serasini, Max Serradifalco, Skemp (Marcus Homatsch), Lino Strangis, Maria Cristina Tangorra, Paolo Tarsi / Fauve! Gegen A Rhino, Romeo Traversa, Tommaso Vassalle, Giacomo Verde, Simona Vignali.

The BAU GPS exhibition includes, in addition to the works contained in the new issue, a series of original pieces and installations by authors present in BAU 14 and a selection of visual works on the subject borrowed from the Carlo Palli Archive of Prato, with historical artists such as Andy Warhol, Henri Chopin, George Brecht, Ketty La Rocca.

The exhibition will continue until September 10th.

1 July - 10 September
BAU 14 - Contenitore di Cultura Contemporanea
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Lorenzo Viani”
Palazzo delle Muse
Piazza Mazzini
Viareggio, Italy
Opening hours Jul.-Aug.: 6 pm - 11 pm - Closed on Monday
Opening hours Sep.: Wed-Sat 3.30 pm - 7.30 pm - Sun 9.30 am - 1.30 pm / 3.30 pm - 7.30 pm - Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Free entrance - - +39 0584 581118 - - +39 0584 944546

[the artwork's picture will be published on after the launch]

Graphics, ink on food paper bag, Ø ~ 35 cm
Edition of 180
“Conceptual artwork made with paper for food. The progressive numbers of the multiples become part of each piece, thus the copies are yet serial but also unique. The artwork represents money issue of my personal bank (Bank of Benna), as certified by stamp and signature.
Made with 4500 stamp thumps.”
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