about


 benjamin woods (behn) is currently alive and practising in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia.

I would like to pay respects to the traditional custodians of the lands, waters and airs with which I practice, the people of Kulin Nation.

b. 1988


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Contact

benjaminwds [at] gmail.com



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NEWS/DATES

Performing Arts Forum, Paris, July/August 2017

Visitors, curated by Meredith Turnbull and Manon Van Kouswijk for Radiant Pavilion, @ Sarah Scout Presents, August/September 2017

Testing Grounds residency, Melbourne, October 2017

Melbourne's Living Museum of the West residency, Feb-June 2018


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short CV


TRAINING



2018-present PhD, MADA Monash University, Kulin Nation


2016-present Vijñāna Yoga Teaching Diploma, Germany

2016 GC-ARTS (Philosophy, Asian Studies, Gender Studies, Politics), University of Melbourne

2012 MFA, Victorian College of the Arts

2010 BFA (Honours) - Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Victorian College of the Arts

2000-onwards Music: Flute, Double Bass, Voice, theory/composition


TEACHING AND TECHNICIAN POSITIONS


2014-present Sessional Lecturer in Sculpture and Studio Practice, Latrobe College of Art and Design

2012 Technician, Art Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

2010 Technician, Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts

2008-2010 Academic Support Worker, University of Melbourne



Other qualifications:
2015 Cert IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation
2014 Cert IV in Small Business Management
First Aid Level 2
Fire Warden



SELECTED PROJECTS

2017 Visitors, curated by Meredith Turnbull and Manon Van Kouswijk for Radiant Pavilion, @ Sarah Scout Presents, August/September.

2017 there is no outside and practising with tidal forces at Altona coastal reserve, Narrm/Melbourne, presented alongside c3/Testing Grounds: 2 Signals, Jon Butt + c3 Projects. These projects are c3's contribution to the exhibition and publication An Act of Showing, curated by Anabelle Lacroix (from a research project directed by Maria Miranda), May 17th - May 27th, Testing Grounds.

2016 radiant child, don't let us use you to make us look good, The Substation

2015 feeling material, c3 Contemporary Art Space (as co-curator and participant)

2015 widen, subtract, warm, cool, observe out, Incinerator Gallery Garden Space

2015 that which enables and constrains what can and cannot be done or said, West Space

2015 dispersing without fragmenting, Library at the Docks

2014 exfoliated by the world, Fort Delta

2014 Melbourne Art Fair Project Space with Sarah crowEST, curated by c3 Contemporary Art Space

2013 goop, turn, sponge, cut, stretch, berry, rain, Kings Artist Run Initiative

2013 enfolding outward, Outward Projects, Launceston

2013 interpreting variable arrangements, Stockholm, Sweden

2013 volcanoes bending and turning to pick up salt left by the waves, c3 Contemporary Art Space

2012 becoming becoming open all-around, VCA

2012 open blankets, City of Melbourne

2012 processual rhythms, The Substation

2011 rights of matter, Window 99 Brunswick Street



 RESIDENCY

2017
Performing Arts Forum, Paris, July/August

Testing Grounds residency, Melbourne, October




SELECTED WRITING
(PUBLICATIONS / CONFERENCES)

2016
Bergson’s Spirit : intimacy’s “negative” spaces and times, conference paper, Australian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, Deakin University.

To Note: Notation Across Disciplines, edited by Hannah Mathews, Perimeter, (forthcoming).

2015
feeling material text (third iteration), catalogue text for Feeling Material, curated by Benjamin Woods and c3 projects, Abbotsford Convent, October-November.

Sweet potato, 110-page publication (print run of 50) of imagery from the practice memory (2009-2015) of Benjamin Woods, produced as a part of the solo project that which enables and constrains what can and cannot be done or said held at West Space, Melbourne, August-September.

haecceities or I’m no f**king Buddhist but this is Enlightenment, diary entry for Dance House Diary Issue #8: Dance and Ethics, April-May.

2014
feeling material (second iteration), Presentation of performative and discursive research in Part 2: Between thing and event, of SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (the choreographic negotiated in six parts), a curatorial and research project presented by Helen Grogan as part of Framed Movements, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Encountering, not knowing, catalogue essay for Sarah crowEST, Selvage, order, rupture at Westspace, 5th Sep to 4th Oct.

2013
feeling material, conference  paper, AAANZ 'Inter-discipline', panel 'The "New Materialism" in and through Sculpture and Spatial Practice,' convened by Professor Barbara Bolt, Melbourne, December 7-9.

Does It Matter?, panel discussion, Critical Animals Symposium, Newcastle, October.

2012
becoming becoming open all-around, MFA written exegesis, The University of Melbourne.



PRESS

2016
Eaton, Jeremy. Feeling Material, UnMagazine 10.1, 2016.

Castle, Emily. Nods All Round: Orientations in Recent Spatial Practice, UnMagazine 10.1, 2016.

2015
Rule, Dan. Our pick of what’s showing in galleries around town, The Age, 13.11.15.
Snaith, Tai. Smart Arts, 3RRR, 29.10.15.

Wolff, Sharne. Feeling Material, Art Guide, 28.10.15.

2014
Wallis, Pip. Review: The Melbourne Art Fair, Ocula, August 20th: http://ocula.com/magazine/reports/review-melbourne-art-fair/.

Pont, Antonia, Jeanne Felice, and James Bowers. Poster for Exfoliated by the World, Fort Delta, June.

2013
Bolt, Barbara. 'The Athleticism of Imaging: Figuring a Materialist Performativity,' in On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation, BAID.

Russell, Stephen A. Shopping Around: a lot of ideas to fit into one basket, The Age, Feb 22nd: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/shopping-around-a-lot-of-ideas-to-fit-into-one-basket-20130221-2eu24.html.



AWARDS, COMMISSIONS, RESIDENCIES

2015
Creative Victoria - Presentation and Promotion (with organization: c3 contemporary art space, Abbotsford Convent Foundation)

Australia Council for the Arts – ArtStart Grant

NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant

Incinerator Gallery Solo Project Commission

2012
City of Melbourne Arts Grant - Young Artist

Friends of the VCA Award

2011 & 2012
Australian Postgraduate Award (MFA research for 2011 and 2012)

2010
Harry Curtis Prize

2008
Perrin Sculpture Foundry Award

Victoria Harbor Young Artist Initiative Grant – Public Sculpture

2006
Chris Balnaves Prize for the Arts




PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

2017
Participant in AS IT COLLAPSES, Helen Grogan, TCB art inc., March.

2016
Performer in Itinerant Object / Propositions for Change, Geoff Robinson, Sarah Scout Presents, November-December.

2015
Participant in To Note: Notation Across Disciplines, research symposium convened by Hannah Mathews, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne: http://designhub.rmit.edu.au/exhibitions-programs/to-note-notation-across-disciplines.

Participant in Communion, A sonic wandering in the dark, Ann Fuata, for Liquid Architecture, Melbourne.

Participation as musician (Double Bass) in room overlay/5 weeks/thursdays 6-7pm/accumulation, Geoff Robinson, West Space, Melbourne.

Participant as musician (Double Bass) in Intermissions, Charlie Sofo, Artbank, Sydney.

Performer in Spherical Approximations, Melanie Irwin, West Space, Melbourne.

2014
Performer in Geodesic Envelopes, Melanie Irwin, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

Presentation of performative and discursive research in Part 2: Between thing and event, of SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (the choreographic negotiated in sixparts), a curatorial and research project presented by Helen Grogan as part of Framed Movements, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Performer in CONCRETE ROOM, by Helen Grogan, for Liquid Architecture.

The overlay of Maribrynong River between Braybrook and Avondale Heights onto the Living Museum of the West bluestone building as interpreted by Helen Grogan and Benjamin Woods through the oral history of Henry Dempster and Bob Simpson, 15 March 1984 / 6 September 2014, Geoff Robinson, The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum, West Space project at The Living Museum of the West.

2011
Performer (laying down) in A world, fully accessible by no living being, Bianca Hester, The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation Square, Melbourne.