Throughout mine and Ben’s discussion (you can read this here), he brought to the surface so many things I hadn’t considered. His insights were thought-provoking and I wanted to hear more about how he got to this point. I asked Ben to send me a list of Media, Links and Docs that helped build his aesthetic language or just things he found interesting throughout the production of his work.

As Ben says: “the rodeo is only a hyperlink away.”

 

Books:

Anti-gay by Mark Simpson

Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined by JJ Bola

Lurking: How A Person Became A User by Joanne McNeil

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the NewFrontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

The Internet Does Not Exist by e-flux

 

Articles:

The Code of Touch: Navigating Beyond Control, or, Towards Scalability andSociability by Doreen Mende

The Activist Dismantling Racist Police Algorithms by Tate Ryan-Mosley and Jennifer Strong

Alien Sex Club by John Walter: “ASC is a maze based on this idea of a sex club, sauna or gay bathhouse. The idea of a cruise maze is an emblem more than a reality. There’s something aphrodisiacal about the idea of a maze because it’s a space you can get lost in.”

 

Videos:

“The Virtual is Real”, Cécile B Evans on her practice as digital artist.

-----Top tip from Evans: “Listen to your audience, the global WE”-----

(See: “Hyperlinks or it didn’t happen”, 2014)

Anna Ridler on AI dreaming and her artistic practice

Dead of Night, Orville Peck (cowboy inspo)

 Longer videos:

Haunted Machines, Natalie Kane and Tobias Revel curatorial and research project on Alchemy and Magic in Technology

Lecture: “The Anatomy of AI” with Kate Crawford

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy 

Enjoy!!