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BENKA opposes mankind’s dangerous game of underestimating the consequences of AIs. Whether it is the digitisation of our social relations through the invasion of smartphone screens, the progressive introduction of humanoids such as Aida, Sophia or Erica and cyber-surveillance, our contemporary society is facing a decisive mutation.

His artistic approach aims to expose the question of the robotisation of our world. If we are still very far from a war against robots as seen in the series of Terminator, our time calls in his opinion to the questioning of our relationship to artificial intelligence. If A.I. has a considerable advantage in fields such as medicine or astronomy, on the other hand, it presents many drawbacks and raises both questions and concerns. 

These numbers and letters in his paintings are captchas.

A captcha is a program that protects websites from bots by generating tests that humans can perform unlike malicious computer programs (robots). The captcha is used to verify, for example, that you are a human when connecting to an interface (login) or to avoid “SPAM” on your mailboxes for contact forms on your website. These captchas are interpreted by BENKA and transformed into a symbol of his artistic struggle.

Clemens Büntig

Geb. 1968 in San Francisco/USA
Kindheit und Jugend in Oberbayern, mit 21 Fußreise von München nach Gibraltar, Studium: Cadiz, Escuela para Artes Aplicadas, Studium Basel, Schule für Gestaltung, Diplom in Originaldruckgrafik (Holzschnitt, Radierung, Lithografie, Siebdruck), 1996 Umzug nach New York, Anstellung bei Pace Prints für Aldo Crommelynck, Editionsdruck u.a. von Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra
2000 Umzug nach Mooseurach, Oberbayern, 2008 Gründung einer eigenen Druckwerkstatt,
Zusammenarbeit mit zeitgenössischen Künstlern, Museen und druckgrafischen Sammlungen, didaktische Filme und Artikel über originaldruckgrafische Techniken, Verwendung in diversen Museen u.a. Deutsches Museum München, Führungen und Fortbildung, Entwicklung von neuen originaldruckgrafischen Crossover Techniken. 2008 bis 20014 Kurswerkstatt in Mooseurach