L. Cohen (2017, 48 mins) is a screening and conversation with James Benning in the Künstlerhaus Kino. On the evening, Benning talks on some of his works and core attitudes, including qualities of paying attention, being attuned and patient, heeding your own senses; honing them and heightening them. And the act of noticing how thoughts, memories, expectations, presumptions and self-distractions come teeming in.
James Benning is an independent filmmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the course of his 40-year career he has made over twenty-five feature-length films that have shown in many different venues across the world. An important context for this evening is Benning’s teaching practice. Since 1987 he has taught in the School of Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts where some of his classes, including “Looking and Listening” and “Acting Bad,” can themselves be regarded as durational works, seeking to explore, and in some instances subvert, hierarchies implicit in the institutional frameworks of art education, artistic production and presentation.
The evening is initiated by Bogotá-based artist and former student of Benning’s, Lorena Espitia, and philosopher Tupac Cruz. Espitia and Cruz are currently in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude
Photography: Dina Karadžić