Archipelogy is an artwork by artist/archaeologist Jeffrey Benjamin.
The work was curated by Suvi Tuominen and presented at Lapsody: Paramatter -live art and performance festival.
Suvi performed Benjamin's work remotely by reading Archipelogy at Kauppatori harbor in Helsinki while Benjamin was rowing a boat toward Helsinki from Maine, USA.
Archipelogy is a prose poem accompanied by a group of anthotype
prints. Anthotypes are photographic prints which use chlorphyll as a
photosensitive emulsion -- in this case, spinach. As a medium, the
anthotype is transitory and fleeting, a quality that I felt was
somehow appropriate when contemplating the delicate nature of
Kuninkaansaari as well as the other islands of the Helsinki
archipelago and the world itself.
Jeffrey Benjamin is an archaeologist and artist living and working in
upstate New York, USA. In both capacities he concerns himself with
aspects of discard, the redemption of the dismissed and the forgotten,
the retrieval of the insensible.
Documentation: Wisa Knuuttila