In I AM A PROBLEM (2016), a music video for the band Wolf Eyes, an alien on Charlie Rose discusses issues surrounding assimilation while drawing parallels to Europe’s so-called migrant crisis. The video was included in the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
For the past few years Will Benedict has made videos which depict digital worlds populated by aliens on talk shows, gluttonous beds, and talking dolphins. Through a near religious commitment to television, he subverts the conventions of popular infotainment genres such as music videos, YouTube tutorials, cooking shows, advertising, and talk shows. In this way, he makes us feel what it’s like to live in an infinitely malleable realm, in other words, in the present.
Will Benedict (b. 1978, Los Angeles) lives and works in Paris. The artist’s upcoming and recent exhibitions include the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2020 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, iwillmedievalfutureyou1, Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2019), A Womb with a View, dépendance, Brussels (2019), I AM A PROBLEM, MMK, Frankfurt am Main (2018), New Video and Painting, Balice Hertling, Paris (2018), Recent Video, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles (2018), Fiction is a Terrible Enemy, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (2017), Law and Order, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (2016) and Corruption Feeds, Bergen Kunsthall (2014).