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Forum Expanded

Untitled Fragments

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The 3-channel video installation Untitled Fragments brings together four histories: the 1860s scorched earth policy of Kit Carson used to drive out the Navajos from their homeland in Canyon de Chelly, the 1967 execution of Che Guevara in Bolivia, the 1972 carpet bombing of Hanoi, and the 2016 Cedar Fire in the California Sierras. The radio transmission is from a US Air Force B-52 (Stratofortress Bomber, code name Lilac 02) recorded on the evening of December 26, 1972 during which 116 B-52s attacked Hanoi and Haiphong dropping all of their bombs within 15 minutes. The recording was declassified in 2016.
The installation is part of a larger project that further includes paintings, drawing, serigraphs, tapestries, film loops, and historical objects.

by
James Benning

USA 2017

English

75 min · Colour · 3-Kanal-Videoinstallation

Crew

Director
James Benning

Biography

James Benning

James Benning, born in 1942 in Milwaukee, USA, began working as an independent filmmaker in 1972, even before studying film at the University of Wisconsin. From 1977 to 1980 he taught at the universities of California and Oklahoma, then moved to New York to continue his work as an independent filmmaker. In 2009 he switched from 16mm to digital filmmaking. Since then his work has included installation and site specific art with many shows in galleries and museums. Besides his current film/art work, Benning has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1987. Last year he was a visiting artist at the International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba.

Filmography (selection)

1971 Did You Ever Hear that Cricket Sound? 1972 Ode to Muzac; 3 min. · Time & A Half; 17 min. · Art Hist. 101; 17 min. 1973 Honeyland Road; 11 min. · Michigan Avenue; 6 min. 1974 i94; 3 min. · 8½ x 11; 33 min. 1975 3 Minutes on the Dangers of Film Recording; 3 min. · Saturday Night; 3 min. · The United States of America; 25 min. · 9/1/75; 22 min. 1976 Chicago Loop; 8 min. · 11 x 14; 83 min., Forum 1977 1977 One Way Boogie Woogie; 60 min. 1979 Grand Opera. An Historical Romance; 90 min., Forum 1980 1981 Him and Me; 88 min. 1983 American Dreams (lost and found); 56 min. 1985 O Panama; 28 min., Forum 1987 1986 Landscape Suicide; 95 min., Forum 1987 1988 Used Innocence; 95 min. 1991 North on Evers; 87 min. 1995 Deseret; 82 min. 1997 Four Corners; 80 min., Forum 1998 1998 Utopia; 93 min. 1999 El Valley Centro; 90 min., Forum 2002 2000 Los; 90 min., Forum 2002 2002 Sogobi; 90 min., Forum 2002 2004 13 Lakes; 133 min., Forum 2005 · Ten Skies; 101 min., Forum 2005 2005 One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later; 120 min., Forum 2006 2007 RR; 110 min., Forum 2008 · Casting a Glance; 81 min. 2009 Ruhr; 121 min. · Fire & Rain; 1 min. 2010 John Krieg Exiting the Falk Corporation in 1971; 71 min. · Pig Iron; 33 min. · Pascal’s Lemma (document); 17 min. · Reforming the Past; 60 min. 2011 Two Cabins; 30 min. · Faces (1973); 25 min. · Faces; 135 min. · Milwaukee/Duisburg; installation, Forum Expanded 2011 · Twenty Cigarettes; 99 min., Forum 2011 · After Warhol; 65 min. · Small Roads; 103 min. 2012 Nightfall; 98 min. · Stemple Pass; 121 min, Forum 2013 · Postscript; 7 min. · Easy Rider; 95 min. · The War; 55 min. · One Way Boogie Woogie 2012; 90 min. · BNSF; 194 min. 2013 Three Generations; 8 min. · Data Entry; 10 min. · US 41; 52 min. 2014 Natural History; 77 min. · FAROCKI; 77 min. · Concord Woods; 121 min. 2015 52 Films Project; 300 min. · American Dreams; 85 min. · Fresh Air; 46 min. 2016 Dancing in the Street; 6 min. · Cuba, An Historical Romance; 4 min. · Thinking of Red; 8 min. · In Memory of Benjamin Benally; 5 min. · Vallegrande, 1967; 4 min. · Ash 01; 20 min. · Fall Equinox; 77 min. · Spring Equinox; 77 min. · Scorched Earth; 61 min. · Red Cloud; 61 min. · Measuring Change; 61 min. · Time after Time; 44 min. 2017 Untitled Fragments