Western society has developed itself into a system that ensures it stays in a permanent state of confusion. Psychological analysis of the consciousness became a tool for those in power to control the inner-self of the masses. The places we lived in were rebuilt to promote the habit of consumption. A fracture emerged between people and their surroundings. It corroded their understanding of identity, a clarity lost in the expanse between presence and memory.
Fears surrounding issues of success, money, and identity drove Ben to spend two and half years working towards a degree in Advertising. His life spent under a neo-liberal government being a further formative experience, alongside his upbringing in the conservative South East of England have driven him to search for something other, something sustained.
Ben seeks this other in edge-lands, peripheries, absence and, in turn, those places that are more immediate.
He creates films, which for him are propositions made between moving images. The outcome effected through narrative and subject, time and perception is an ambiguous, unsettling one.
His practice is research led, incorporating community engagement, exploration of place, literature and strands of history. Uniting people and their surroundings, he embeds himself in the habit and nuance of the everyday, home life, and work life; an interaction between person and place.Unearthing the residues of the processes individuals and places are beholden to. Relationships are thus sought with people who exist outside of the art climate, whilst actively pursuing concerns of the avant-garde himself.
A relationship with time is catalysed through an ambiguous blend of documentary, narrative and fiction. The filmic process is an organic one where the act of shooting can dictate the direction. Editing begins with the camera in hand. Chance encounters have a weight. As a working, value creating member of society he searches for humanity from where it has withdrawn, in an alienating, passive, market driven world.
BA (Hons) Fine Art - with a study year abroad in Istanbul
University of Kent
Advertising with Marketing Communications - Certificate in Higher Education
Travel, research and filming conducted in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Germany, Tanzania and Zanzibar
1 of 9 graduates selected to exhibit work at the Turner Contemporary
'Hoo' and 'Untitled' screened
Founding member of the student collective organising various events and exhibitions in the local region. Winner of various grants and awards
'Hoo' screened throughout the exhibition
University of Kent
'Untitled' selected and screened at Maison de l’Art et de la Communication
Sallaumines, Lens, France
University interim exhibition, Bay Furniture, Gillingham
The Playground Collaborative
Founding member and curator
University exhibition, Sun Pier House, Chatham
Twenty14 Presents: The Loft
University exhibition, Sail and Colour Loft, Chatham Historic Dockyard