In collaboration with Krakow Photomonth Festival – a festival of documentary photography in Krakow, Polen – we have selected Eline Benjaminsent (NO) to Dock at this festival. She will present her work in Krakow and have expertmeetings organized by Docking Station and Krakow Photomonth during the festival. The curator of this years festival is our Docking Ambassador Iris Sikking (NL). More info about the festival: www.photomonth.com. Eline starts her Docking period in Amsterdam in our Docking Hub from 14th till 23rd May. Immediatly after her stay with us in Amsterdam she will leave for Krakow where she will stay untill the 4th of June.
By the time you have read this sentence, a trading firm will have made around 10.000 trades on the stock market. Welcome to the bizarre world of algorithmic, automated trading known as high-frequency trading (HFT). Here, profits are made at speeds the human brain can’t comprehend. It asks for a closer look at how value is being processed in the world today.
The 2008 banking crisis left the general public with a great distrust and anger towards the financial sector. But because of its obscure and abstract character, many didn't know where to point their anger towards. Now, a decade later, developments in technology, as used in HFT, are making this image even more difficult to grasp.
Where the money is made aims to bring this invisible and obscure economical power to light by tracing lines of algorithmic capital to the places where some of the greatest profits are made today. Guided by the geometric lines-of-sight between microwave transmitters and receivers, the work documents the physical landscapes of an immaterial market.
Who? Eline Benjaminsen
Docking May 14 till 23-2018 in Docking Hub / Amsterdam (NL)
May 24 till June 4 2018 at Krakow Photomonth / Krakow (PL)
Working on Where the money is made
About Invisible and obscure
The work of Eline Benjaminsen (Norway, 1992) explores processes of power that shape our attitudes, habits and individual possibilities, but that yet exists outside of our physical environments. By focusing on the strictly physical – that which can be photographed, her work investigates the relation between the material and the immaterial, with the aim to confront the viewers with the limit of their own vision.
Her photography has been featured in Migrant Journal, the Dutch Financial Daily and the international photo festival BredaPhoto. She graduated from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in July 2017 with a project on the infrastructures of algorithmic trading.
Festival director Krakow Photomonth
Eline’s project 'Where the Money Is Made’ introduces us to a strange and unseeable world of algorithms and high finance. Observed in the language of film and photography, the work reveals a concern for how we quite literally viewsocio-economic developments, and what it means when such processes are rendered too complex to perceive. What is the new image of stock exchange? Benjaminsen handles an entirely absent subject by showing us where it does, invisibly, take stage.
Eline’s project will be part of the main programme of Krakow Photomonth 2018. This year the festival bears a theme highly related to her project. For the 2018 programme, entitled ‘Space of Flows. Framing an Unseen Reality’, the curator Iris Sikking (NL) has selected a wide range of international lens-based artists who engage themselves in topics that are not easily captured by the camera. Benjaminsen has been chosen for the Docking Station residency at Krakow Photomonth Festival as a very promising young artist. The festival, understood as a platform for discussing developments within the field of photography, gives an opportunity to the artist to present the work and to address an international audience. The Docking Station programme, in collaboration with the Krakow Photomonth festival, facilitates an opportunity to test-case the work on a diversity of experts within the fields of art and photography. In her current process of re-thinking and expanding this body of work, I’m certain this will prove a fruitful experience.