Fake pandemic statistics, death by regime, Chinese big-bro 5G dictatorship, freedom annihilation through censorship fears and fines. People caught in smartphone spider webs must return to human communication and humane interaction. Bring back dignity to body parts that have been demonized.
Contribute to the project of the conceptual artwork entitled "voice extender" taking part in the 4th art giveaway contest ME BENNA YOU BENNA 2020.
(not to be confused with procedural art
) is a locution coined by the artist to describe a kind of relational or social art where the author releases to the public a procedure (i.e. instructions) to create the work of art itself. Read the manifesto
” is Benna's third procedure artwork, following “owning darkness
”, 2016, and “socialnetwork”, 2013. Also this time it is granted for free to a very limited number of people, nine in this case, in occasion of ME BENNA - YOU BENNA 2020, 4th edition of the art giveaway contest that occurred before in 2015, 2013 and 2009.
The artwork “voice extender
” can be considered the conceptual continuation of two previous performances entitled “all rods lead to Rome”, 2016 (played in Italy), and “artists and the caveman”, 2017 (presented at Sophia Underground in Bulgaria), where first the rod or walking stick, then the allegory of the Plato's Cave were the featured archetypical elements, while now the protagonist is the call amplified with the hands
, as described by the artist's words:
«People need to communicate more by their own means, using their own body, their natural power of living beings, not electronic devices. We can call those who are distant, at human and humane distances, we can send them our message using our own body, becoming the medium. At first I thought about a procedure artwork to build a very simple paper funnel, like a megaphone, as a symbol, but I got right away that was not so immediate, radical and readily available in any condition or in cases of extreme danger, so the choice of using the bare hands was natural.
Calling live we convey not only our message but also our spiritual essence, which cannot be mediated by any device, thus making stronger empathic relations.»