BENKA opposes mankind´s dangerous game of underestimating the consequences of AIs. Whether it is the digitization of our social relations through the invasion of smartphone screens, the progressive introduction of humanoids such as Aida, Tesla Bot, Sophia, Erica but also Metaverse and cyber-surveillance, our contemporary society is facing a decisive mutation.
His artistic approach aims to expose the question of the robotization of our world. If we are still very far from a war against robots as seen in the series of Terminator, our time calls in his opinion to the questioning of our relationship to artificial intelligence. If A.I. has a considerable advantage in fields such as medicine or astronomy, on the other hand, it presents many drawbacks and raises both questions and concerns.
These numbers and letters in his paintings are captchas.
A captcha is a program that protects websites from bots by generating tests that humans can perform unlike malicious computer programs (robots). The captcha is used to verify, for example, that you are a human when connecting to an interface (login) or to avoid "SPAM" on your mailboxes for contact forms on your website. These captchas are interpreted by BENKA and transformed into a symbol of his artistic struggle.
After an average high-school curriculum in Vienna, BENKA took
to music. He joined different bands as a drummer and starred in a multitude of concerts throughout Europe. BENKA pursued his music career while studying for his clinical psychology degree
with a focus on smartphone addictions. This is the subject of his thesis and inspires him to create paintings representing aspects of the AIs and the smartphone addiction problem in our
In 2015 BENKA started studying art as a self-taught artist and has since devoted himself to his painting.
BENKA lives and works in Munich.