Magazine article Artforum International

Jordi Benito

Magazine article Artforum International

Jordi Benito

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GALERIA CARLES TACHE

De Vinaros a Berlin (From Vinaros to Berlin) is the title of Jordi Benito's most recent installation. He covered the floor of the gallery with a lead coating, forcing the viewer to slow down and making him feel strangely imprisoned. Through this metallic bed he forged a path through the gallery, one delineated by nine granite stones of approximately one-and-a-half tons each. The pentagrams containing Carlos Santos' musical score had already been etched into these stones. (Benito has collaborated with this contemporary composer, author of the opera Asdrubila, 1992, since they met in 1973. They baptized their friendship by throwing a piano into the Mediterranean waters of Cadaques, and this instrument has kept them united ever since.)

On this occasion, Santos' presence in this installation took an epistolary form, as if the musical composition had been sent in a letter from Vinaros (a point located on Spain's eastern seaboard where he lives) to Berlin, the city in which Benito is currently living. The communication between the two was transmitted to the public via the set design constructed by Benito; one could almost hear the sounds of music present only in written form. …

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