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Data: Synthetic Recollections of Things That Never Happened
An Outstanding - and Still Crazy - Task: Transforming Ourselves into Gods
Helen Benigson creates immersive video and sound environments, which become layered sets for scripted and choreographed performances, played out in messy, awkward and anxious digital carnivals. Collaborating with casts of volunteers and participants: amateur and professional weightlifters, spray tan beauticians, dancers, ‘tequila-girls’, strippers and midwives, her practice provokes a multi-sensory site-specific experience, exploring contemporary game-playing, sharing and the corporeal, public space. Her work is situated between the economies of online bodies and ‘real-life’ locations, actual territory, and the visual and libidinal performances that connect these spaces.