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Benning, James 1942-

Overview
Works: 74 works in 125 publications in 3 languages and 365 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Director, Performer, Narrator, Illustrator, Producer, Contributor, Cinematographer , Author of screenplay, Actor, Dedicatee
Classifications: PN1998.3.B4672, 791.430233092
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American dreams (lost and found) ; Landscape suicide ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Landscape suicide: The filmmaker recounts two infamous murder cases that took place almost 30 years apart
Casting a glance ; RR ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Casting a glance one artist pays tribute to another as James Benning offers his filmic paean to Robert Smithson's legendary 'earthwork' sculpture, the Spiral Jetty. With RR, his homage to the American railroad, the filmmaker brings an era to its close by going back to cinema's roots. Shot back-to-back over a period of two years, these works marked James Benning's farewell to analog filmmaking and together constitute the profound 'last words' on the film medium by one of its most singular innovators. This 2-disc set presents both films together with rare audio interviews in which Benning recounts the experience of making his 'last' films and gives unique insight into his creative methods."--Container
California trilogy ( Visual )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Produced at the junction of two millennia, the California Trilogy is James Benning's three-part topographical study of America's "Golden State". Looking to the past while investigating the present, the mathematician-turned-filmmaker condenses three distinct Californian landscapes into a total of 105 shots, each exactly 2 1/2 minutes long. Formal restraint and compositional precision combine with ambient sound and an unheard social commentary to create a hypnotic journey across the 31st US State; from the Great Central Valley (El Valley Centro) through greater Los Angeles (Los) to the Californian wilderness (Sogobi). "--Container
James Benning by James Benning ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
RR ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An homage to the American railroad
James Benning : decoding fear ( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mit 'James Benning. Decoding Fear’ setzt das Kunsthaus Graz die Auseinandersetzung mit bewegten Bildern im Raum fort, mit der im Rahmen von Ausstellungen wie ‚Videodreams’ (2004), 'Diana Thater. gorillagorillagorilla’ (2009) oder 'Screenig Real. Conner 'Lockhart Warhol’(2009/10) bereits mehrfach außergewöhnliche Positionen vorgestellt wurden.0In dieser Ausstellung wird nun James Bennings in Österreich bereits sehr bekanntes filmisches Werk zu anderen bildnerischen Aspekten seines Schaffens in Beziehung gesetzt. James Bennings Filme, die in kontemplativen Totalen das Außergewöhnliche in alltäglichen Situationen aufspüren, sind von Präzision und Ruhe geprägt. Den kalifornischen Filmemacher auf Aufnahmen poetischer Landschaftssituationen zu reduzieren, wäre jedoch weit gefehlt. Bennings Faszination für die Natur ist nicht auf deren Ursprünglichkeit beschränkt, sondern meist sind es menschliche Eingriffe, die ihn an Landschaftsbildern besonders interessieren. 0Kritik an den Praktiken der Informationsgesellschaft klingt dabei ebenso an wie die Auseinandersetzung mit Mythen, die sich nicht zuletzt in Figuren der jüngeren amerikanischen Geschichte wie den Philosophen Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) und den zwischen 1976 und 1998 als „Unabomber“ bekannt gewordenen Mathematiker Theodor Kaczynski manifestieren. 0Verwoben mit einer Vielzahl an Gegenständen, Nachbauten und malerischen oder typografischen Reproduktionen ergibt die Zusammenschau von Filmen, Objekten und Installationen eine Geschichte, die sich in gegenübergestellten Paaren darstellt und ebenso doppeldeutig lesen lässt. 0Exhibition: Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (7.3.-1.6.2014)
California trilogy three films ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Produced at the junction of two millennia, the California Trilogy is James Benning's three-part topographical study of America's "Golden State". Looking to the past while investigating the present, the mathematician-turned-filmmaker condenses three distinct Californian landscapes into a total of 105 shots, each exactly 2 1/2 minutes long. Formal restraint and compositional precision combine with ambient sound and an unheard social commentary to create a hypnotic journey across the 31st US State; from the Great Central Valley (El Valley Centro) through greater Los Angeles (Los) to the Californian wilderness (Sogobi). "--Container
Landscape suicide by James Benning ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Study of two murders as they relate to the social and physical landscape
13 Lakes ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ten Skies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deseret ; Four corners ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the 1990s, James Benning's films were characterized primarily by an ongoing investigation of the relationship between the image and the (spoken or written) word. This 2-disc set features the two key works representing the peak of this "text-image film" period. In Deseret Benning (by way of the New York Times) retells the history of America's Mormon State Utah through spectacular black & white and color images. Art and landscape join as one in Benning's following film Four Corners, which serves as both a tribute to the famous region in the USA where four states converge and a portrait of four very different artists."--Container
James Benning - circling the image by Reinhard Wulf ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentary about film and video artist James Benning. It explores the process in which he works and provides an insight on his project "13 Lakes." It also includes several compilations of his previous works
11 x 14 by James Benning ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The subject is the American landscape; the film resembles a series of snapshots of real life. Each shot functions as a complete scene and no attempt is made to weave a narrative between them. The artist is concerned with the formal and visual properties of the medium and with an area between narrative and pure abstraction
Deseret ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Images from the deserts, mountains, and cities of Utah are shown, while the Mormon's at times bloody history is revealed through readings from the original New York Times articles published during the 19th and 20th centuries
Landscape suicide ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The filmmaker recounts two infamous murder cases that took place almost 30 years apart
LOS (Angeles) ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American dreams lost and found ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The filmmaker's personal take on the history of the USA from 1954 to 1976, told through a complex and thought provoking amalgamation of image, text and sound
Great Central Valley, California ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in German and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Casting a glance in memory of Robert Smithson ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Benning offers his filmic paean to Robert Smithson's legendary 'earthwork' sculpture, the Spiral Jetty
Ränder des Kinos : Godard, Wiseman, Benning, Costa by Volker Pantenburg ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
James Benning
Languages
English (45)
German (15)
French (1)
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