The Office is a bureau designed specifically for the Museum of Nothing, which is an ongoing work by benandsebastian. The bureau is constructed as a place of work and also as an incomplete system of thinking. Like other parts of the Museum of Nothing, its potential lies in what is projected into it: the promise of ideas that might fill its empty frames and vacant spaces. A source of inspiration for the piece is the following paragraph by the Danish existential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard:

A thinker erects an immense building, a system, a system which embraces the whole of existence and world history etc. – and if we contemplate his personal life, we discover to our astonishment this terrible and ludicrous fact, that he himself personally does not live in this immense high-vaulted palace, but in a barn alongside it, or in a dog kennel, or at the most a porter’s lodge. If one were to take the liberty of calling his attention to this by a single word, he would be offended. For he has no fear of being under a delusion, if only he can get the system completed – by means of the delusion.

  • 2016
Artwork ; Text
Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
70 x 90 x 150 cm

    The Office
    2016
    Artwork ; Text
    Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
    70 x 90 x 150 cm

  • 2016
Artwork
Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
70 x 90 x 150 cm

    The Office
    2016
    Artwork
    Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
    70 x 90 x 150 cm

  • The Office
2016
Artwork
Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
70 x 90 x 150 cm

    The Office
    The Office
    2016
    Artwork
    Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
    70 x 90 x 150 cm

  • 2016
Detail of a texte by Soeren Kirkegaard

    The Office
    2016
    Detail of a texte by Soeren Kirkegaard

  • 2016
Artwork 
Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
70 x 90 x 150 cm

    The Office
    2016
    Artwork
    Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
    70 x 90 x 150 cm

  • 2016
Artwork 
Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
70 x 90 x 150 cm

    The Office
    2016
    Artwork
    Teak, brass, leather, rubber, felt, ceramic
    70 x 90 x 150 cm

  • benandsebastian

    ‘The work of the collaborative artist practice, benandsebastian, teeters on a cusp between designed physicality and intangible theories of the mind. Trained in architecture and theoretically versed, their sculptures take on elaborate mechanics and boast intricate detailing, yet speak to vast philosophical and sociological systems. It is impossible to concretely anchor their work, an elusiveness made evident in their recent exhibition at the Designmuseum Danmark, ‘Phantom Limbs’.

    Embedded directly within the permanent collection and specifically paired with unexpected inventory from Copenhagen’s Medical Museum, National Museum and the attics of Designmuseum Danmark, their work becomes not only the sculptures on display, but the myriad relationships made between context and object, between body and limb. Evoking the medical sense of phantom limbs, where an amputee still feels the presence of the absent limb, benandsebastian navigate the museum context and call into question the assumed wholeness we expect, perceive and viscerally feel.’

    Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch,
    independent curator, DAMn magazine, issue 33

    E X H I B I T I O N S

    2017:

    Everyday Life
    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
    Kanazawa, Japan

    2015:

    Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    2015:

    Freitag, der 13. | יום שישי ה – 13
    Circle 1
    Berlin, Germany

    2015:

    Museum of Nothing – Department of Voids
    Shanghai Museum of Glass
    Shanghai, China

    2015:

    The Fields Sculpture Park
    Hudson, New York, USA

    2015:

    Department of Voids, solo exhibition
    Institute of Provocation
    Beijing, China

    2014:

    Beyond Reach
    Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2013:

    Zeigen
    Nikolaj Kunsthal
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2013:

    Homecomings
    Gründerzeit
    Berlin, Germany

    2013:

    Must Have
    37-39 Commercial Road
    London, England

    2013:

    Dysraphic City
    Kunstlerraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
    Berlin, Germany

    2013:

    Substitutes, solo exhibition
    Etage Projects
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2013:

    Following the Museum, solo exhibition
    Die Raum
    Berlin, Germany

    2012-2013:

    Phantom Limbs, solo exhibition
    Trapholt Museum of Modern Art
    Kolding, Denmark

    2012:

    Treffpunkt: Berlin
    Arken Museum of Modern Art
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2011-12:

    Phantom Limbs, solo exhibition
    Danish Museum of Art and Design
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2011:

    Odense Sculpture Triennial
    Kunsthal Brandts
    Odense, Denmark

    2011:

    White Out
    Tokyo Design Center
    Tokyo, Japan

    Drill Hall Depot
    London, UK

    Ordrupgaard Museum,
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    2011:

    Mindcraft
    Danish Crafts
    Milan, Italy

    2011:

    Unbuilt Extremities, solo exhibition
    Friedelstrasse 27
    Berlin, Germany

    2010:

    Pastiche – When a Tree Falls in the Forest
    Jyderup, Denmark

    2009:

    KURS: The Square
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
    Roskilde, Denmark

    2009:

    Dialog
    Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    Copenhagen, Denmark

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