BEN MOREN

Ben Moren is a Minneapolis based media artist working at the intersection of filmmaking, performance, and creative coding. He creates projects that investigate the disappearing separation between the digital and natural worlds. He has created site specific and mixed reality projects for the Northern Spark Festival in Minneapolis, Kultur Park in Berlin, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. He has exhibited at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Chicago Artists Coalition, and the Third Beijing Film Academy International New Media Art Triennial. He co-founded and facilitates the WZFR, an experimental rural filmmaking residency in western Wisconsin. He is an Assistant Professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching in the Media Arts department and the Web+Multimedia Environments major. 

 

Carbon Copy is an ongoing series of videos first created during the Eco Artists Workshop on Mallard Island on Rainy Lake, MN. In each film, I progress onscreen and replace a natural element with another. This project touches on the ‘beautification’ of nature by human hands in an effort to tame or manicure it. Once the element is replaced, I gaze into the void that is created, almost like a child lost in a television set. Once the replacement feels sufficient I depart offscreen bringing the veil used to make the replacements with me. I then move onto a new location, perpetually seeking the most ‘ideal’ configuration from video to video.