Boaz Levin

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Boaz Levin (born 1989, Jerusalem) is an artist, writer and curator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany.[1] Levin is the co-founder, together with Vera Tollmann, Maximilan Schmoetzer and Hito Steyerl, of the Research Center for Proxy Politics.[2][3] He is a member of the curatorial team of the 7th edition of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, which opened September 2017.[4][5] Levin is the son of poet and translator Gabriel Levin and Anat Flug-Levin.

Education[edit]

Levin studied in at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and then at Berlin University of the Arts where he graduated as Meisterschüler from the class of Hito Steyerl in 2014. Since October 2016, Levin is a member of the "Cultures of Critique" research training group and a PhD candidate at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg.[6]

Work[edit]

Levin's work deals with the relationship between politics, aesthetics and technology. His work has been exhibited at the CCA (Tel-Aviv), Former West, HKW (Berlin), Recontres Internationales (Paris, Berlin), FIDMarseille (Marseille), European Media Arts Festival (Osnäbruck),[7] Human Resources (Los Angeles) The School of Kyiv (Kyiv biennial), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Auto Italia South East (London), Years (Copenhagen) and Dinca Vision quest (Chicago).[8]

Regarding Spectatorship: revolt and the distant observer, an ongoing curatorial research project co-curated together with Marianna Liosi, was shown at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien November 2015.[9][10][11]

All That Is Solid Melts Into Data (2015, 54 min), co-directed with Ryan S. Jeffery, premiered in FIDMarseille.[12] All That is Solid Melts into Data "traces the architectural development of data centers, those curiously mammoth, often inaccessible glass-and-concrete “anti-monuments” that facilitate the ever-quickening communication we modern-day citizens take for granted. The film builds two simultaneous and equally compelling pictures of the USA — through its physical landscapes (frequently windowless, in-plain-sight complexes relocated to increasingly remote locales), and through the more troubling sociopolitical undercurrents that actively shape its digital economy".[13] The film has been described as a "clinical dissection of the material effects of data (and by inference, the internet) on the future conditions of the city."[14] The production of the film was supported by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.

Research Center for Proxy Politics[edit]

Between September 2014 and August 2017, the Research Center for Proxy Politics (RCPP), hosted over twenty talks and workshops for students and the public on the evolving concept of “proxy politics."[15] Founded by Vera Tollman, Hito Steyerl and Boaz Levin, RCPP "reflects upon the nature of medial networks and their actors, that is, machines and things as well as humans." [16] According to RCPP, "proxies are now emblematic of a post-representational political age, one increasingly populated by bot militias, puppet states, ghostwriters, and communication relays".

Awards[edit]

Last Person Shooter (2014), co-directed together with Adam Kaplan, was awarded the Ostrovsky Family Foundation Award for Experimental Cinema and Video Art in the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, 2015.[17]

Writing[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former West Contributors". Former West. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  2. ^ "RCPP About". Research Center for Proxy Politics About. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Symbolic Action and Hardware: A Year at the Research Centre for Proxy Politics". Rhizome. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  4. ^ "Camera Austria". Camera Austria. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Germany Launches New Photography Biennial | artnet News". artnet News. 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  6. ^ "Leuphana University". Leuphana University KDK. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  7. ^ "EMAF Osnabrück". EMAF. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Dinca Vision Quest 2015 Program". dincavisionquest.webflow.io. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  9. ^ "Regarding Spectatorship Website". Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and The Distant Observer.
  10. ^ "e-flux". e-flux. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  11. ^ Kleinmichel, Philipp. ""Regarding Spectatorship" at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien". artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  12. ^ "FIDMarseille program". FIDMarseille. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  13. ^ Pattison, Michael (Jul 7, 2015). "Medium-Length Highs Over Fragmented Landscapes: FIDMarseille". Filmmakers Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  14. ^ "On Para-logic Practices - e-flux Architecture - e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  15. ^ "The Proxy and its Politics". Rhizome. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  16. ^ "Research Center for Proxy Politics". rcpp.lensbased.net. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  17. ^ "'Tikkun', 'Hotline' win in Jerusalem". Screendaily. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Riffing on Reality: Hito Steyerl and the Research Center for Proxy Politics". Versobooks.com. Retrieved 2017-12-09.

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