Sommer Contemporary Art is presenting Guy Ben Ner at LOOP Barcelona

LOOP Barcelona
May 29, 2014 12:21PM

GUY BEN NER
Soundtrack
2012
11’
Single channel video

Presented by Sommer Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv) in #LOOP14

The inception of Ben-Ner´s “Soundtrack” came from an 11-minute audio track of Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film “War of the Worlds”. Ben-Ner created a new film in which he uses the original “War of the Worlds” soundtrack as ready-made, leaving it unaltered. Both films exist simultaneously as Siamese twins, conjoined by sound. Ben-Ner names this audiostealing technique “budding”, in contrast to dubbing. In “Soundtrack”, Ben-Ner revisits areas he explored several times in the past. In the last few years, he turned to dealing with subjects outside his family life, as this aspect of his life was undergoing dramatic changes. Returning to the “guts” of his home life demonstrates just how dynamic these materials are: his family structure has changed, his children have grown, and he now faces new challenges. As much as these complexities are exaggeratedly illustrated in Spielberg’s Hollywood spin on the story, referring to it succeeds in expressing the chaos that can sometimes exist in the most mundane tasks.

Guy Ben-Ner was born in 1969 in Israel. He lives and works in Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York.

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