Sunday, December 21, 2014

GOODNIGHT KIWI a New Zealand Video Art Festival



Before the advent of 24 hour broadcasting in 1994 the evening closedown of New Zealand state television was signaled first by a two-minute animation called the Goodnight Kiwi, then followed by several hours of either static or a television test pattern.

The 12 videos offered in this festival are a collection of alternative sign-offs, transitions into the post-broadcast hour and/or potential place holders to fill the twilight hours between regular broadcasts. Alternately humorous, abstract and challenging, Goodnight Kiwi presents a series of direct addresses to the viewer. Recognising the ubiquity of the internet across the globe, this programme is designed to be broadcast somewhere between the hours of 2-4am. Reflecting the often solitary and ritual nature of technological occupation, Goodnight Kiwi variously offers aesthetic transformation, mass media critique or moments of personal reflection arising from the effects of exhausted wakefulness.

GOODNIGHT KIWI is curated by Mark Williams founding director/curator of CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand.

The image used in the graphic above is from my series Against Forgetting. You can see the complete body of this work on my website HERE.

The program runs until until January 4. You can go to the Festival page HERE.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Try Hard Magazine - Issue 6 on line now

 

Try Hard Magazine is an independent, online publication focused on showcasing the work of Australian, New Zealand and international photographers who may be living or working in either of those countries.
Try Hard Magazine also aims to encourage writers and academics to contribute original written content in the form of essays, interviews and book reviews that act to further the dialogue centered around the medium.
T H M is founded and curated by photographers Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason.

Issue No 6 Features the work of KK+JLD, Max Creasy, Charlotte McInnes, Kate Beckingham, Kathrine Rooke, Naomi Riddle & Kuba Dorabialski and work from my new series and bookwork, You Won't Be With Me Tomorrow.

There is a lot to see and well worth a look. Go HERE.

KK+JLD - Going to sleep in a city that doesn't exist yet.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

PARIS - NOVEMBER 2014, a bookwork, No 7 in the series

As I've just returned from Paris, it seemed a new PARIS book should be in order. So here it is. The book is the same format as the previous PARIS bookworks and with an edition limited to 50 copies, each book signed and numbered. There are 28 photographs, over 28 pages, printed on 150gsm art paper, 226 x 160 mm. Below are some of the pages.

Copies can be obtained directly from me at: harvey.benge@xtra.co.nz
Prices are, €25 / £20 / US$32 / NZ$38, which include packing and postage. For payment you can simply log on to my PayPal account using my email address above.















Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paris and PARIS PHOTO



I'm in Paris next week and will be hanging out at PARIS PHOTO, Offprint and more...back in AK early December...will be signing my new bookwork - How Humans Made God - at PARIS PHOTO, Superlabo booth, Thursday 13, 5-6pm and Sunday 16, 2 -3pm.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Harvey Benge - Victory of the Trivial, at galerie spree, Paris


Harvey Benge - Victory of the Trivial, No12, 2008
 Opening tonight and running until December 31st galerie spree in Paris will be showing my Victory of the Trivial series. These table top still life images were made from items purchased from a local $2 shop (1 Euro or US 99 cents). My intention was to make something out of nothing.



Galerie spree, 11 rue lavieuville, 75018, Paris

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fotobookfestival - Kassel, June 4 -7, 2015



The seventh edition of the Kassel Fotobookfestival will take place June 4 to 7 next year. In this edition the spotlight will be on the bookworks of Martin Parr. With an output of over 80 books of his own work plus 30 works that Parr has edited it's going to be a Parr book-lovers paradise. So many books, so little time.

You can go to the Kassel Fotobookfestival site HERE. And Martin Parr's site HERE.





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mark Power Reports


I have admired and respected Brighton based photographer Mark Power's work ever since I saw, back in 1997, his beautifully realized series and bookwork The Shipping Forecast. Now, many books and projects later, Mark has produced his first self-published book Die Mauer ist Weg!
Mark talks about the book in his first ever newsletter which arrived in my mail box this morning.

 I’m about to release my first self-published book, 'Die Mauer ist Weg!', under my new imprint, Globtik Books. As many of you already know, I was in Berlin by mistake when the Wall fell and, after a quarter of a century, I’ve finally got around to publishing a book. Released on November 9th, the day of the 25th anniversary, the book can be ordered directly from my website bookshop. If you pre-order before the 9th you’ll get it for the reduced price of £25 (plus postage). On and after the release date it’ll cost £30. I should perhaps also mention that there are just 1,000 copies, and I’ve had a lot of pre-orders. This does, I realise, sound like blatant sales-speak, but I thought you should know.



Mark also talks about several other projects he's been working on...

Mark Power - THE CITY OF SIX TOWNS

Mark Power - POSTCARD FROM AMERICA

Mark Power - PEACEHAVEN (HOMES FIT FOR HEROES)

Mark Power's website is packed with wonderful material and well worth a look HERE.