benandsebastian Silent Parties

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Edited by: Benandsebastian Texts by: Benandsebastian, Adam Bencard, Lasse Blond, James Bridle, Ryan Calo, Raffael Fasel, Louis de Gouyon Matignon, Lulu Anne Hansen, Bengt Holst, Michael Listner, Yoriko Otomo, Edward Payson Evans, Lucia Pietroiusti, Laurie Shannon, Jessica Sorensen, Mette Svendsen, Karina Vold, Eyal Weizman, Kumar Yogeeswaran Photographs: David Stjernholm English, Danish 2023, 160 Pages, 60 Ills. Hardcover 308mm x 184mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5542-9

Silent Parties is an artwork based on eight historic legal cases in which animals have been put on trial or robots have been at the centre of legal disputes. benandsebastian’s recently completed public commission for the Court of Aarhus focuses on mute, nonhuman participants in legal history, spanning from a 15th century case involving a cock being tried for allegedly laying an egg, to a contemporary case examining whether life-size, singing and dancing robots at an American restaurant chain should be considered live performers. benandsebastian have collaborated with specialists working within the fields of law, robotics, ethics, anthropology and cognitive science, addressing ways in which nonhumans have been silent, but also revelatory, parties in legal history.

BEN CLEMENT (*1981, Oxford) and SEBASTIAN DE LA COUR (*1980, Copenhagen) have been working together as the duo benandsebastian since 2006. Their artworks, such as Department of Voids at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa and at Den Frie in Copenhagen, discover potential within gaps in institutional representation.