Ben Öztat




Ben Öztat
Leselampe / Reading Lamp


The basic principle in the work of Ben Öztat is improvisation. In this case an object of utility evolves from this process. The artist will come to your home to install the Reading Lamp.

140 × 20 × 50 cm, one-off, 2010
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Ben Öztat
Knizak


Knizak aims to create situations and to redefine the dimensions of a book. The reader is invited to take the pages and to rearrange them on the table or in the entire room, which lets the reading space unfold in a new and literal way.

22 × 29 cm, 63 pp, one-off, 2010
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Ben Öztat
Kniiz


“Kniiz corresponds to Ben Öztat’s previous book Knizak: Both publications comprise of a collection of loose sheets, they are unique copies that mirror his pronounced interest in the formal aesthetics of the book, questioning its very logic and structure. Yet both publications approach this issue through very opposite means. Whereas the readers of Knizak are invited to spread its pages in the entire room, and hence expand the spatial dimensions of the book, Kniiz is much more defined by processes of concentration, the condensation of different papers and materials in between the cardboard case of a black slipcase. A delicate arrangement of partly translucent, partly opaque pages, of overlappings and recurring points of reference, the order and sequence of pages become essential in Kniiz. Less obvious a rebellion against the form and conventions of a book, the tone here is much more silent. But for those who listen, it offers a quite wonderful, engaging experience.” – Regine Ehleiter

48.5 × 33.2 cm, black slipcase with 32 sheets, one-off, 2013
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Ben Öztat
Knizzz!


This book is the third part of Ben Öztat’s previous works Kniiz and Knizak: All of them are a collection of loose sheets and they are unique copies questioning its very logic and structure. Knizzz! can be seen as a speech without words that has to be performed: With the help of a small machine, the pages are shot into the room, spread on the floor and create a continually changing image that is both: the expand of the spatial dimensions of the book and a tribute to formal aesthetics that do not communicate with words.

48.5 × 33.2 cm, black slipcase with 32 sheets, one-off, 2014
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Ben Öztat & Jonas Fechner
Friends make books


Ben Öztat was sitting on a window ledge and was about to freak out for some reason, a friend gave him a red pen and offered him the first sheet of a post-it bloc. Within the next hour Öztat doodled on all of the pages and left the bloc to his friend, who bound it.

8 × 8 × 8 cm, 160 pp, one-off, 2010