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Lindsay Benedict
Are You There? Yes. Are You There? Yes.

February 8 - April 8, 2014

In the artist’s word Are You There? Yes. Are You There? Yes. (2011) is “An installation of still images from a 16mm film that I shot of two friends performing a repetitive action of checking to see if the other is there: one reaching for the other, over and over again. The film was shot on my rooftop in Brooklyn with the frame close up to their faces so that the impact of their bodies being pushed out of the frame was visible. I transferred the film into digital video and then chose specific digital stills from the 100 feet of footage. These stills are arranged into vertical diptychs as a way to suggest a kind of call and response - “Are You there?” “Yes.” The question is asked fifty times before the roll of film is finished, and the response “yes” no longer follows. The video-stills also degrade towards the end of the essay because the film zooms out and I digitally manipulate the zoom back in - this happens at the same time as the actions increase in urgency.”



Over the course of the exhibition Sundays at PARMER was a weekly series of programs that drew from a list of the artist’s influences to add new Wikipedia pages and additional content to existing pages. In this way the exhibition supported the practices that have made her work possible by creating these pages with the community that comes together around the exhibition. This series of Wikipedia events was inspired by the 2014 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that has since spurred several other such events and communities around the world.

The following practices have been added, edited or expanded: The Center for Movement Research, Clarice Lispector, Chris Kraus, Semiotext(e), Miguel Gutierrez , Will Rawls, Judith Butler, Murray Guy, Sarah Cain, Letitia Spangler, Julia Brown, Luce Irigaray, Dance Gang, Sharon Van Etten, Kaja Silverman, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Lydia Bell, Daniella Isamit Morales, Yve Laris Cohen, Åsa Elzén, Anne Wagner, Ulrike Müller and Trinie Dalton.

* image: Lindsay Benedict, Are You There? Yes. Are You There? Yes., 2011, twenty-six archival digital prints on matboard, each 18 x 8.5 inches (45.72 x 21.59 centimeters). Exhibition view, PARMER, Brooklyn, February 8 - April 8, 2014.