Carla Benzing on Carla Benzing


Carla Benzing’s installation is a 10 min video loop, large-size projected into a corner of the wall, stretching out to the ceiling. The video shows a female person in its natural state in a a bizarre and empty site as part of, and in contrast to the surrounding man-made urban space. The person is slowly observed by the camera as if by an uncanny stranger eye trying to scan the body. The screening of this process is accompanied by the sound of buzzing bees, which is almost exactly the same than the sound of a drone, enhances the uncanny feeling of observed and observing at the same time.

The viewer becomes an observer too and is granted an intimate view onto a trivial, empty setting which seems to turn into a stage through the presence of the lone, nude protagonist. We can see the persons body but it stills remains a faceless representation of man. The body surrounded by urban space marks the divergency between intimacy and distance, loneliness and oneness, diversity and conformity, between the original and the artificial. The work is exploring Heidegger’s idea of the essence of technology as both the technical and the poetic.

The female nude body works a representation of a whole generation being more presented and exposed than ever in times of Instagram, Snapchat etc. Pictures showing nudity often get censored of an unknown instance controlling what we are allowed to show. Where is this desire emanating to show the own body to the whole world? Are we becoming machines on those platforms searching for a no more human perfection instead of being physical existent in our natural state? Where does nature start and where is the end of being a human – of being real? „The invention and reinvention of nature – perhaps the most central arena of hope, oppression, and contestation for inhabitants of the planet earth in our times.“ (Harraway, 1991) The process is about observing, exploring and sensing the body through new technologies to enhance a kind of non human perspective which, at the same time, could be a more human representation of the eye than we would ever expected.



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