ALEX by BNJMN T published on 2018-10-22T19:10:45Z Part of the Installation piece ALEX. (2014) A visual work, object and sound installation http://www.benjamintomasi.com/selected-works/detail/id/alex/ - 4c print on fabric, bamboo wood - Digital photomontage, b/w print - Iron plate, transducer, audio amplifier Shown in the exhibition cose da uomini / Männersache, 2014 in Bolzano, Italy. The audio file is obtained from the recording of the spoken text of a WHO guideline on “Violence Against Women” (spring 2014) by the AI “Alex” and letting it run through an iron plate. The eerily modified voice now rumbles through an insufficient resonator overlaying it with the worst disease a text can have: Incomprehensibility. Well-intentioned knowledge, yet insignificant and therefore unheard is the fate of so many helpful guides. The intended incomprehensibility symbolizes a social and structural problem of knowledge transfer that appears to be ever so often lost in translation. The installation piece Alex is the outcome of a two-month residency that took place in both cities Bolzano and Trento. It is part of a research project addressing domestic violence and the issue of gender-specific violence. The work was presented in the exhibition cose da uomini / Männersache (Men’s Affairs) at the Galleria Civica in Bolzano, Italy. Curator and manager of the residency and research program was Susanna Sara Mandice. Benjamin Tomas’s contribution to the exhibition is an installation in three parts touching audio, visual arts, data processing and sculpture. The starting point of Tomasi’s research takes up the text of a WHO guideline on “Violence Against Women” (spring 2014). “Alex”, the namesake of the piece, is actually the name of an artificial voice-over from a screen reader software developed by Apple.