Treatment | 2021
Ben grew up in the Blue Mountains and studied visual arts at the University of Western Sydney. He currently lives near the Cooks River, in Sydney’s inner west and works with performance video and makes machines to explore new ways of interfacing with the process of drawing and writing. Ben has received several grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and in 2002–03 he spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Ben maintains strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. He completed my doctorate in 2009 with a thesis that considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, focussing on gesture and linguistic embodiment. Ben has a strong interest in the biological sciences and their relationship to art practice.
Ben Denham’s practice mostly consists of slow, deliberate work with many pauses for reflection. Occasionally it is clear what needs to be done and the work happens quickly. These rhythms are dictated by the work. Attuning his actions to the work’s rhythm is the biggest lesson that he has learnt from all his years of art making. The challenge in is how to navigate the many ideas, projects, techniques and forms of knowledge that all seem vital to me. Right now, this means thinking about how the connections that exist between electrical, mechanical and acoustical forces can facilitate new relationships between bodies of all kinds.
Margins and Commons: Concrete Poetics 2013 Single channel video, stereo sound. | 2013
A temporal and spacial analogue of the two dimensional and somewhat atemporal use of typography that defines Concrete Poetry. The work uses video to document a poetics of actions and speech that have a concrete relationship to specific times and spaces in and around Kandos.