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The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project

Maurice Bogaert


The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project

Maurice Bogaert


Architecture / Art / Awarded / Film / video / New titles / Photography



Graphic designer

Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder

Number of pages


Book size

16 x 23.2 cm

Copy editor

Basje Boer

Final editor

Eleonoor Jap Sam


Jason Coburn







This project was made possible with the generous support of AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst), Mondriaan Fund, Stichting Stokroos, Jap Sam Books, Art Agent Orange, Jaap Harten Fonds and anyone who's donated through Voor de Kunst.

Walter Benjamin and Albert S. sit simultaneously – I can’t imagine it any other way – at their respective writing and drawing tables, bent over their papers. One in Paris, the other in Berlin.

Perhaps there is a moment when, as in a choreography, they both lift their right hand from the paper, in exact synchronization, and look to the side. Staring into the distance, for a moment, to summon a thought – and then, the moment is over. Albert S. stands up, and Walter Benjamin crosses out the sentence he has just written.

The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project is a book about the parallel lives of Walter Benjamin and Albert Speer and the quest to bring these two lives together.


In recent years, visual artist Maurice Bogaert has worked on a series of projects in which he brings different media, such as architecture, film, text and visual art, together to create an immersive encounter for the audience. All of these works, including The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project, are attempts to create a cinematic experience without actually making a film.