ABOUT

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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.

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2018: Shortlisted for the MullenLowe NOVA Awards

2017: Selected for the Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme at Joya: arte + ecología in Andalusia, Spain. 

2017: Selected for the Lumen Residency, Atina, Italy

2016: CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

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

press

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