Ben Heine – Brussels

Ben Heine, an artist living in Brussels (at first I discovered his project PENCIL VS. CAMERA), – he often works with the tools of irony or sarcasm, he explores strategies of mimicry or extreme individualism, so my passion for philosophy wakes up. For Socrates or Sören Kierkegaard IRONY was an important tool. For Arthur Schopenhauer or Ludwig Wittgenstein was a SOLO identity an important state of mind. In his latest YouTube video, Ben Heine tries to find a response to the latest political issues in Europe. Rene Magritte and his hat – and Ben Heine’s two helmets in his latest video clip: parallel ideas! Political art as a combination of music, video clip, Magrittean symbolism, and existentialism as a response to our complicated actual political issues: it’s an interesting contribution to a developing culture of protest. Do you remember the artist in Istanbul, “The Standing Man” Erdem Gündüz, who stood alone when the gathering was forbidden by the police? We all have to find strategies to react…

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