FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY - GSA ‘19
Influenced by his professional dance career, Benjamin Skop is primarily interested in movement in conjunction with ‘reality’ and how in its very nature, is created within a broader context of time and space.
His interest lies further in how we perceive motion by way of our perceptual apparatus as well as through our active (motion-based) engagement with the world.
‘I’m curious about possible ways of expanding our understanding of the moving body through various technologies, in particular image and time-based media. I find interest in the inherent geometry, proportions and shape of our anatomy, as well as how our physique relates to its environment and the wider framing of human life. Perhaps by our acts of “moving in the world”, we ourselves create a kind of moving architecture.
I utilise various methods in my work which include classifying, systematising, reducing and abstracting. In contrast to these analytical approaches, I’m equally interested in acts of moving in and by themselves and I believe that another kind of knowledge is gained by this more practical engagement; a knowledge which is situated and embodied, a learning by doing, or perhaps put more precisely: learning by moving’.
Benjamin’s professional dance career saw him perform in many significant theatres around Denmark, as well as in Sweden, England, China and France. After ten years of dance and theatre work, he shifted his knowledge and understanding from the ‘movement-world’ into the field of visual-arts.
Through continuous experimentation with various mediums including photography, video, motion capture, performance and 3D technology, Benjamin explores new ways for corporeal movement to be performed, understood, represented and expanded.
Benjamin’s work has been part of the London International Screendance Film Festival, Athens International Dance Film Festival, Gdansk IN OUT Festival and the Helsinki LOIKKA Dance Film Festival. You can find more of Benjamin’s work and inspiration via Instagram or by visiting his website here.