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Artist Guy Ben-Ner and Jon Kessler in Conversation – Monday November 2 at the Cooper Union, NY

Guy Ben Ner, Untitled, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Performa.


On the occasion of Guy Ben-Ner’s new commissioned film for Performa 09, Artis invites you to an exclusive conversation with Ben-Ner and Jon Kessler, Monday November 2 at 7pm at the Performa Hub (The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NY).
In his newest film, “Untitled” (2009), Ben-Ner documents 25 trips between Tel Aviv and Berlin over the course of a year as he works through relationships with his family in one city and his girlfriend in the other. Creating a performance as “live film,” the artist films and edits in-camera an ongoing phone conversation with himself as his life unfolds. Introduced by Performa Founder and Director RoseLee Goldberg, Ben-Ner and his former teacher Jon Kessler will engage in lively conversation about this and his other recent films.
An 8pm opening party and launch of Programma Magazine with drinks and food courtesy of Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Yarden Wines and Voss Water to follow. Special thanks to The Cooper Union. RSVP required to
Related Events
November 1 at 7.45pm: “Untitled” will screen once on the CNN billboard in Times Square, as part of the Performa biennial opening day of events.
November 1-22 from 10am-8pm daily: “Untitled” is on view at the Performa Hub (41 Cooper Square) beginning every ¼ hour.
About the Artist
Guy Ben-Ner was born in Israel in 1969 and lives and works in Berlin and Tel Aviv. He is known for a series of playful videos that often star the artist and his family. Ben-Ner has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally including his current retrospective at MASS MoCA, The Hayward Gallery, London (2008), the ICA Philadelphia (2008), Sculpture Project, Munster (2007), and Musee D’Art Contemporain de Montreal (2007). Ben-Ner represented Israel at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005).
About Performa
Performa is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, followed by Performa 07 in 2007.