About

My work explores the interaction between art, science and politics. Ice caps are melting and species are being wiped out. There is abundant evidence and data on this yet the right political decisions are not always taken. My work explores whether art can bridge the gap between science and public decision-making. Data visualisation and maps are points of departure. Edward Tufte (2006) describes the importance of escaping ‘flatland’, given that “all the interesting worlds (physical, biological, imaginary, human)… are… multivariate in nature”. Regan et al (2015) describe how processing, analysing and presenting data is “increasingly removed from the everyday experience”. My work takes information from electronic and relatively inaccessible data repositories and presents it in analogue, tangible and interactive formats. Nicolas Bourriard (2002) argues that artworks can build micro-communities, and relational aesthetics can be employed to embroil the viewer in an issue. My hypothesis is that participatory and interactive art can increase agency and engagement in evidence.

articles, publications and blogs

Black R., Bennett S., Thomas S., Beddington J. (2011) "Climate Change: Migration as Adaptation", Nature, 478, pp 447-449

Bright, R. (2017) "Stephen Bennett: Data visualisation and maps", Interalia Magazine, 32 (April 2017)

Art & Science experiments at This is an Art School at Tate Exchange

Forced Connections and Rules of Random: How restrictions can make us more creative in art and teaching 

Exhibitions

2016: Open Studio, Central Saint Martins, London UK

2017: This is an Art School, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London UK

2017: Innovate Guildford: Science and Arts Festival, G Live, Guildford, UK

2017: Somehow You and I Collide, Wringer and Mangle, London, UK

2017: Imperial CST Festival of Science Art, Imperial University, UK

2017: Entangled: CMS/CSM, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK

2017: Lumen, Chiesa San Francesco, Atina, Italy

Residencies

2017: Lumen Residency, Atina, Italy

2017: Joya: Arte & Ecologia, Los Gazquez, Almeria, Spain

Book clubs

Chair of [SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB #08 Rancière: Problems & Transformations of Critical Art, June 2016

Social Media

Twitter: @srgbennett