Benj Gerdes

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Benjamin Gerdes is an artist working primarily in film and video whose work occurs at the intersection of art and activism. He frequently works in collaboration with other artists, activists, and theorists, including as a member of 16 Beaver Group. His individual and collaborative work focuses on the affective and social consequences of economic and state regimes, utilizing historical research and reenactment, dialogue, and participatory or aleatory formalizations. Gerdes' artistic practice is split between two equally important and parallel bodies of work. His work in projected installation and screen-based media use duration and spatialization to stage extended analyses of the economic and political origins of the present. The second set of works are instantiated as public projects or interventions that utilize a range of tactics for collaboration, media intervention, and aesthetic imagination becoming direct action.

Gerdes' work has been included in film festivals and exhibitions internationally, including the Guangzhou Triennia, Kiasma Musuem of Modern Art (Helsinki), the Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), Luleå Biennial (Sweden), Migrating Forms Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Yerba Buena Center (San Francisco, CA), as well as in a number of alternative art spaces in New York City: Art in General, Artists' Space, PS122, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School University. His writing has appeared in Rethinking MarxismOctober, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. He is the recipient of numerous residencies, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Woolworth Building Workspace Residency and the LMCC Swing Space Residency, and recent grants from the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, and the Experimental Television Center. He has taught and lectured in numerous institutions and public contexts, including as Visiting Artist in the Department of Cinema, State University of New York at Binghamton. He teaches video at The Cooper Union School of Art.

 
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Tags: Film, video