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

'Changing Words and Things' in THECUBE MAGAZINE (Issue B 'Truth') pp24-29. Available at: https://www.thecubelondon.com/portfolio/thecube-magazine-b-truth/.

The Making of the Museum of Extraordinary Objects

Exhibitions

2018                           Cosmic Perspectives, Ugly Duck, London, UK

2018                           Fields [degree show], CSM, London, UK

2018                           Mythically Imagining Kings Cross, CSM, London, UK

2018                           Lumen Residency exhibition, Crypt Gallery, London, UK

2018                           TEDx Whitehall, The Royal Society, London, UK

2017                            Art Lab, CSM, London, UK

2017                            Lumen, Chiesa San Francesco, Atina, Italy

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

2017                            Imperial CDT Festival of Science Art, Imperial University, UK

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

2017                            Innovate Guildford: Science & Arts Festival, G-Live, Guildford, UK

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

2016                            Open Studio, CSM, London, UK

Residencies

2017: Lumen Residency, Atina, Italy

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

2016-2017: CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Book clubs

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

Social Media

Twitter: @srgbennett