The work of Eline Benjaminsen (Norway, 1992) explores processes of power that shape our attitudes, habits and individual possibilities, but that yet exists outside of our physical environments. By focusing on the strictly physical – that which can be photographed, her work investigates the relation between the material and the immaterial, with the aim to confront the viewers with the limit of their own vision.

Her photography has been featured in Migrant Journal, the Dutch Financial Daily and the international photo festival BredaPhoto. She graduated from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in July 2017 with the project 'Where the money is made' on the infrastructures of algorithmic trading.

2017 Steenbergen Stipendium
2018 Zilveren Camera, Prijs voor Storytelling (2nd Prize)
04.02.2018 - 25.03.2018 Canon Zilveren Camera, Museum Hilversum
15.02.2018 - 23.02.2018 Hyper.Local., ESAD Valanciennes
17.04.2018 - 23.04.2018 My Practice My Politics, Salone del Mobile, Milan
14.05.2018 - 04.06.2018 Dockingstation, Amsterdam & Krakow Photomonth
29.06.2018 - 29.09.2018 Collaboration with Sophie Dyer,
31.10.2018 - 06.01.2019 OpZicht, Stroom Den Haag
16.09.2017 - 29.10.2017 Nederlands Fotomuseum, Steenbergen Stipendium
11.09.2014 - 26.10.2014 BredaPhoto: Songs from the Heart
04.02.2018 Canon Zilveren Camera 2017
08.12.2017 Rob Hornstra: "Photobooks of 2017"
22.12.2017 Silvy Crespo: "Gordon Gekko et les algorithmes", Viens Voir
26.05.2017 Sophie Dyer and Eline Benjaminsen: "Spectral Typographies", Migrant Journal #2: Wired Capital
28.01.2017 Joost Dobber, Titus Knegtel and Eline Benjaminsen: "Eiffeltorens voor de flitshandel", Het Financieele Dagblad

Where the money is made

By the time you have read this sentence, a trading firm will have made around 10.000 trades on the stock market. Welcome to the bizarre world of algrorithmic, automated trading known as high-frequency trading (HFT). Here, profits are made at speeds the human brain can’t comprehend. It asks for a closer look into how value is being processed in the world today.

‘Where the money is made’ aims to bring this invisible and obscure economical power to light by tracing lines of algorithmic capital to the places where some of the greatest profits are made today. Guided by the geometric lines-of-sight between microwave transmitters and receivers, the work documents the physical landscapes of an immaterial market.

The project consists of a series of photographs, a film essay (5:30 minutes) and a publication (48 pages, salmon newsprint). Additionally, an interactive map of algorithmic trading (created by Alexandre Laumonier/Sniper in Mahwah) and a counter indicating the relation between time and distance of HFT, are used in the installation of the work. Weight is put on the possibility of each element (film/photographs/publication) to function both in relation to each other within the context of an exhibition and on their own in the contexts of their respective platforms. This allows the project to make use of a broad spectre of platforms, and the viewer to dive into the topic in depth.

Installation view, graduation festival at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (July 2017)
Selected pages from the publication “Where the money is made” (salmon newsprint, 48 pages)

Contains contributing texts by Sophie Dyer, Alexandre Laumonier and Joost Dobber. Design by Titus Knegtel

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