Ben Greber

My studio is my place where I can precisely regulate all external influences and information. I need this sterility in order to tease the necessary transcendence out of my work.

What I do in one sentence: I think that an ongoing de-objectification and the associated growing invisibility of all life- and society-sustaining processes and coherences is the essential characteristic of our time. I am trying to document that. I am trying to document it with means that avoid the erosion as well as possible.

Why I didn’t get a proper job: Doing this is the most proper thing that I could imagine.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: If I had a huge building with many rooms and I would just work there my entire life and permanently install and connect everything I produce on site until the whole thing is full and I am empty and then it turns into a place where people can come and rest and look and think. For me, that would be the clearest way of making art.

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): Alexandru Chira has recently touched me. The work seems so clear and so metaphysical at the same time. His sculpture field in Tăușeni perhaps comes somewhat close to the aforementioned idea of all-embracing legacy. Though I have the feeling that it is more of a sacred facility which unlocks his paintings for the profane.

I am afraid of many things. But I am very careful not to take them too seriously.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: I do not mind.