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Benjamin Laurent Aman at L’Atelier-ksr / Berlin

BENJAMIN LAURENT AMAN 

IMAGINARY TIME 

15. November - 19. December 2015 

L’Atelier-ksr 
Grossbeerenstr. 34, 10965 
Berlin-Kreuzberg
www.latelier-ksr.com 


Exhibition view 

Exhibition view 


Imaginary Time, 2015 Video, ed. 3, 10’00’’ 

Imaginary Time (screen capture), 2015 Video, ed. 3, 10’00’’ 

Imaginary Time (screen capture), 2015 Video, ed. 3, 10’00’’ 

Imaginary Time (screen capture), 2015 Video, ed. 3, 10’00’’ 

Imaginary Time (screen capture), 2015 Video, ed. 3, 10’00’’ 

With dimension of absence, 2015 Plaster, wood, polystyrene
variable dimensions 


Whispering room, 2015
Metallic grid, cold neon light, empty space behind 60 x 60 cm 


Night table with remains, 2015 Wood, plaster, neon light, cardboard, balls 32 x 80 x 32 cm 

Night table with remains, 2015 Wood, plaster, neon light, cardboard, balls 32 x 80 x 32 cm 

Night table with remains, 2015 Inkjet print, ed. 20
29,7 x 42 cm 


Behind (series), 2015
Graphite and pastel on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm each 


Behind (series), 2015
Graphite and pastel on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm each 


Behind (series), 2015
Graphite and pastel on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm each 


Behind (series), 2015
Graphite and pastel on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm each 




The concept of Imaginary Time recalls the field of mathematics and cosmology. Rather than evoking imagination, Imaginary Time suggests a different temporality than the one experienced every day, where events occur linearly, in a forward motion. Imaginary Time makes no distinction between the dimensions of space and time, revealing no substantial difference between rest and movement. Past, present and future are equal and stable, offering the very same sense of wonder that one experiences in a physical space. It is a disoriented time, with no start nor end, continuous and homogeneous, infinite and immanent. In this monadic world, how much our modern consciousness is capable of grasping a diversity of moments? (J.F. Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on time, 1992). Consider an understanding of time wherein it takes us somewhere else, to this invisible limit which permits the exploration of a time that doesn’t occur, threatening the false integrity of perception. 

Through his graphite drawings, installations and sound traces, Benjamin Laurent Aman relentlessly invokes vibrations and imperceptible frequencies, awakening our perception to transitory states. An effort to delay and multiply reactions, increasing and expanding all possible responses. 

Benjamin Laurent Aman (1981, FR) is a sound and visual artist whose work oscillates between drawing, sculpture and sound, most frequently echoing each other and flowing from a range of perceptions combining a physical, a mental and an emotional approach of space. Since 2005, Aman’s work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions (Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Centre d’art contemporain L’Onde in Vélizy-Vollacoublay, CAC Nei Liicht Luxembourg, Selasar Sunaryo Museum Bandung, Space London, sector 2337 in Chicago) and dedicated ones (Styx Projects, Able Kulturverein, L’Atelier-ksr in Berlin, PapelArt in Paris, Kunstraum Michael Barthel in Leipzig). In Paris, the drawings cabinets The Drawer and the Manucius Editions presented his work as well as publishing it (Relève de la garde, Collection Sec au Toucher, Edition P, Marseille). Since 2007, BLA has carried out many sound performances all over Europe. He has been invited to festivals and radio shows (Epsilonia in Paris, Le tétraèdre in Bruxelles, The Wire on Air, Resonance FM in London...) and performed at the 10th Berlin Biennale, Transmediale X, Club Transmediale (CTM) and Nu Substance Indonesia amongst others. 


Benjamin Laurent Aman is the founder of the Razzle Dazzle label, publishing editions related to music and sound art. He is the co-founder of the curatorial project Sleep Disorders together with Marion Au- burtin. Aman lives and works between Berlin and Paris. He is represented by L’Atelier-ksr in Berlin, Kunstraum Michael Barthel in Leipzig and PapelArt in Paris. 


*Photo credits: Ivo Gretener, courtesy of L'Atelier-ksr.