Profile

Helen Benigson creates immersive video and sound environments, which become layered sets for scripted and choreographed performances, played out in messy, awkward and anxious digital carnivals. Collaborating with casts of volunteers and participants: amateur and professional weightlifters, spray tan beauticians, dancers, ‘tequila-girls’, strippers and midwives, her practice provokes a multi-sensory site-specific experience, exploring contemporary game-playing, sharing and the corporeal, public space. Her work is situated between the economies of online bodies and ‘real-life’ locations, actual territory, and the visual and libidinal performances that connect these spaces.

Education

2014
DPhil Candidate (Clarendon Scholar)
Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

2011
MA Fine Art
Slade School of Fine Art, London

2009
BA, First Class Honors
Slade School of Fine Art, London

Awards and Residences

2014
Clarendon Scholarship
University of Oxford

Santander Scholarship
Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Platform Residency at Site Gallery, Sheffield
Supported by The University of Sheffield

ArtAngel Open 2014, Longlisted

2013
Residency at Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham

Residency at The Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

2012
LUX Associate Artist Program

 

 

Forthcoming

2015
Cashino Desert
Performance
Zabludowicz Collection, London

Tell Me Your Dream. Make it Succinct and Make it Spectacular.
The One Minutes
Curated by Claire Hooper and Paul Simon Richards

Essex Road II
Tintype Gallery, London

Solo Presentations

2015
Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat
Carroll / Fletcher, London

2014
Weightless Utopias
Site Gallery, Sheffield

Back in my Studio
Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

Breathe Harder
Site-Specific Performance
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

PBD Hi Sushi Pop-Up
Site-Specific Performance and Installation
Hi Sushi Covent Garden, London

Travelling to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed
Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA)
Site Festival, Stroud

Late Night Supermarket Shopping Live
Tenderpixel, London

2013
Performa After Hours
Performa.13, Fig.19, New York

Going 2 Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed
Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham

Talmy
The South African Holocaust and Genocide Museum, Cape Town

2012
Talmy (Premier Screening)
UK Jewish Film Festival, The Tricycle Cinema, London

Window / Screen
8 Private Skype Performances at David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv

Palm Trees and Poker Players
James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, Public Gallery
The University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey

2011
Swimming Pool
Public Skype Performance, London West Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles

The Future Queen of the Screen
ROLLO Contemporary Art, London

2010
Swimming to the Roses
Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

Sweet and Sticky
20 Hoxton Square, London

2008
Milk Me
Cocomaya Chocolate Shop, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015
Videonale.15 / Blink
Online Video Platform

2014
The House in the Sky
Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London
Curated by Chelsea Pettitt

Changing City, Shifting Spaces: Videonale in Lagos
Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos

Videonale.14 on Tour
Bayerisches Haus (official partner of Goethe Institut Kiew), Odessa

Videofest 2k14
Bienal Internacional de Video y Cine Contemporáneo
Baja California, Mexico

Looking, Mediated
LUX Touring Programme
Arnofilni, Bristol, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh & Open School East, London, Quays Mobile Cinema, Salford, Outpost Norwich
Curated by Matt Carter

Open Screening
Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery

Where Were We
Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham

Pre-pop to Post-Human: Collage in the Digital Age
Hayward Touring, Southbank Centre
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, Galway Festival, Ireland and other venues to be announced
Curated by Isobel Harbison

How Can You Relate: A Case of Alienation and Closeness
LUX AAP Project
The Showroom, London
Edited by Pieternel Vermoortel

 

Dreamworld
The Newbridge Project, Newcastle

2013
Image Games: Ericka Beckman – Work in Context
Curated by Isobel Harbison
Tate Modern, London

Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris
Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris

Videonale.14 on Tour
The Central House of Artists, Moscow

Videocracy
Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Your Tongue, Teeth & Ultimately Your Lips
Curated by Minou Norouzi
Sheffield Fringe Festival
Bloc Projects, Sheffield

Videonale.14
Kunst Museum, Bonn

2012
The On Switch
Curated by Helen Benigson
Group screening with Elizabeth Price, Breda Beban, Emily Wardill, Claire Hooper, Edward Thomasson, Nicole Morris, Andy Lacey, Patrica Lennox-Boyd and Sophie Lee
Margaret Street Gallery, London

Tenderpixel Film Festival
Tenderpixel, London

The Body in Women’s Art Now Part 3 ReCreation,
Curated by Philippa Found
Group show with Miri Segal, Anne-Marie Schleiner, Gazira Babeli, Travelling exhibition, showing at the New Hall Art Collection Cambridge and ROLLO Contemporary Art, London

2011
Princess Belsize Dollar
Lucky PDF, Frieze Foundation, performance and presenter
Frieze Art Fair, London

Gewaltopia and Other Places
Curated by John Hill
Flat Time House, London

 

2010
Cheltenham Film Festival
Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham

The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux
Group show with Tracey Emin, Cecily Brown, Nathalie Djurberg, Tiina Heiska and Sarah Lederman
Rollo Contemporary Art, London, travelling to the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

2009
BA Degree Show
Slade School of Art London

Prints Charming
Liberty, London

My Kingdom
Space In Between, London

2008
Curated by Lior Waterman !
Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv

Mewswork (collaboration of 3 girls from Slade),
London

Making Mistakes
Wallis Gallery and Royal College of Art, London

Public Collections and Commissions

DAATA Editions

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

Videonale Online Archive, Kunst Museum, Bonn

Centre for Contemporary Art Public Archive, Tel Aviv

University of Cape Town Collection, Cape Town

Zabludowicz Collection, London

Commissions and Collaborations

Hi Sushi

Adidas UK

Chanel / The Pop

Diesel Reboot / The Pop

Teaching, Artist’s Talks & Performance / Collaborative Work

2015
Casual Collision
Art & Technology with Cadence Kinsey & Signal Media
Second Home, London

2014
Weightless Utopias
Performances and Discussions (Various)
Site Gallery, Sheffield

The Artist Proposes: Study Day
Site Gallery, Sheffield

2013
Image Games: Ericka Beckman – Work in Context
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
Panel discussion with Isobel Harbison, George Clark, Ericka Beckman, Sophie Michael and Gil Leung

 

Helen Benigson in Conversation with Tamar Garb
Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham

Artist’s Talk
Kunst Museum, Bonn

Performer
Silver Action by Suzanne Lacy, Tate Modern, London

 

Visiting Artist
Print Department, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Artist’s Talk
James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, UCA

Wet / Dry, A Talk by Cadence Kinsey at Palm Trees and Poker Players, James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, UCA. Followed by Q+A’s with Cadence Kinsey and the Artist

2010
Artist’s Talk
Irma Stern Museum, UCT

Conferences

2015
(paper) Art and Conflict
Oxford University

2014
(paper) The Digital Tongue
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield in conjunction with the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

(paper) Utopia and the City
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014
Royal Geographical Society, London

2010
(paper) Saturation Between My Legs,
Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics and Ethics
UCL, London

(performance) Baby I wana rap for you
Off the Shelf
UCL, London

Television and Radio

2012
Palm Tree Audio, Princess Belsize Dollar Radio Show
Resonance FM, London

Interview
BBC Radio Surrey

2011
The Culture Show, Episode 12, 2011/2012
BBC

Friezing Cool Art
Channel 4 News, October 2011

Slade Transmissions, 11th May 2011
Resonance FM

Slade Transmissions, 11th March 2011
Resonance FM

 

Catalogues and Publications

2013
Image Games: Ericka Beckman
Tate Film

Videonale.14, Festival For Contemporary Video Art
Edited by Tasja Langenbach
Distanz

2012
Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 3 – ReCreation
ROLLO Contemporary Art

2011
The Future Queen of the Screen
ROLLO Contemporary Art

2010
The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux
ROLLO Contemporary Art

Catalogue Essays

Mclean-Ferris, Laura, ‘Alisa’s Story’, Essay commissioned by Site Gallery on the occasion of Helen Benigson’s Platform Residency, February 2014.

Tauber, Ann-Kathrin, ‘Helen Benigson, The Future Queen of the Screen’, Videonale.14, Festival for Contemporary Video Art, Kunst Museum, Bonn, 2013, Distanz

Paul Carey-Kent, ‘Provocations in Pink’, The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9563803-1-9

Philippa Found, ‘In between bodies: transgression, rebellion and flux’ The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9563803-1-9

Cadence Kinsey, ‘Towards Embodiment’ Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 3 – ReCreation, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9563803-4-0

Cadence Kinsey, ‘Cellular Identities’, The Future Queen of the Screen, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9563803-3-3

Domenico Quaranta, ‘Disembodied? Identity Construction in a Constructed World’ : Part 3 – ReCreation, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9563803-4-0

Tracey Warr, ‘The Hysterical Sense of Leaking’, The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2 – Flux, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9563803-1-9

Selected Press

Packard, Cassie, ‘Has The Net Made Us More Nervous?’, ArtSlant, Los Angeles, 25th February 2015.

Epps, Philomena, ‘Interview: Helen Carmel Benigson’, Riposte, 15th February 2015.

Frankel, Eddy, ‘Helen Carmel Benigson: “Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat”, Time Out, January 2015.

Knowles, Beverley, ‘Helen Carmel Benigson: “Anxious, Stressful, Insomnia Fat”, This is Tomorrow, 11th February 2015.

Wilby, Neo, ‘Sculpting the Body: Weightlifting as Art?’, www.savagestrength.co.uk, 6th August 2014.

Gosling, Emily, ‘New Utopias at the Hayward’, Design Week, July 2014.

Herbert, Martin, ‘London Round-Up’, Art Monthly, June 2014.

McNay, Anna, ‘Review: Helen Benigson: Late Night Supermarket Shopping Live’, Diva Magazine, 14th May 2014

Squires, Paul, ‘Helen Benigson: Under a Neon Sky’, Imperica, 13th May 2014.

Jones, Catherine Alisa, ‘Interview: Helen Benigson’, Corridor8, 26th February 2014.

Jamal, Ashraf, ‘Review: Travelling to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed’, Art South Africa, March 2014.

Clark, Robert, ‘This Week’s Art Shows in Pictures’, The Guardian, 8th February 2014

Silverton, Lily, ‘Pop Tube: Princess Belsize Dollar’, Pop Magazine Special Edition, Issue 29, Autumn / Winter 2013

Mulenga, Emily, ‘Helen Benigson Interview’, Kolekto Magazine, www.kolektomagazine.com June 2013

 

‘Palm Trees and Poker Players’, Aesthetica Magazine, 5th February 2012

Fiona Golfar, Fiona, ‘Get Ready for Glamour’, Vogue, December 2011

Pryor, Riah, ‘Your 60 Minutes Starts Now’, The Arts Newspaper, Frieze Art Fair, 13th October, 2011

Ellison, Jo ‘The Performers’, Vogue Online, 20 September, 2011

Mclean-Ferris, Laura ‘Britart’s new wave: Who are the successors to Hirst and Emin?,’ The Independent, July 22, 2011

Bianchini, Susanna ‘The Female Body in Women’s Art Today,’ Arte e Critica, October, 2010 Blanchard, Viviane ‘The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2- Flux,’ Art, Art and Away Blog, October 18, 2010

Bishop, Sophie ‘Body of Work,’ The Portman Magazine, Autumn, 2010 Brotons, Anabel ‘The Body in Women’s Art Now,’ Art Taxi Magazine, October, 2010 Carey-Kent, Paul ’The Body in Women’s Art: Interview with Exhibition Curator Philippa Found,’ Saatchi Online Magazine, September, 2010

Jensen, Eric ‘A Fine Body of Work,’ West End Extra, September 3, 2010 Kent, Sarah ‘The Body in Women’s Art Now: Flux, ROLLO Contemporary Art,’ The Arts Desk, September 21, 2010

Kunitz, Danial ‘Its Not Just for Women Anymore,’ Modern Painters, September, 2010 Kurjers, Alfera, ‘The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 2- Flux,’ Art Around the World, October 13, 2010

Snook, Lisa ‘The Body in Women’s Art Now,’ Posterous Blog, September 9, 2010 Wullschlager, Jackie ‘Critic’s Choice,’ Financial Times, September 4/5, 2010