In Brief

Ben Judd’s work examines his relationship to specific individuals and groups; recently the choreographic and the rhythmic has been used as a method of constructing temporary communities. The work explores how the ritualistic activities of marginalised groups and individuals can be extended into an action realised by actors (one that itself hovers on the border between immersion and a more self-conscious, knowing state), and how, in turn, this action can be interpreted in a moving image work. Positioning himself and the audience as both participant and observer, he engages the grey area between ritual and performance, searching for an unreachable and idealised state of community.

Judd has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including: ICA, London; Whitstable Biennial, UK; Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo; The Barbican Art Gallery, London; Royal Academy, London; International Center of Photography, New York; Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Rotterdam International Film Festival; The David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Zendai MoMA, Shanghai; Chisenhale Gallery, London.

Education1995-1997
Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, MA Fine Art
1991-1994University of Humberside, BA Fine Art
Solo Exhibitions and Performances2015Apart, We are Together, fig-2 ICA, London
A Deep and Tenebrous Unity, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
2014Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, Whitstable Biennale, UK
2013I Am on Top of the World, Swedenborg Society, London
2012Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2011Mysterium, James Taylor Gallery, London
2010The Island of Lost Conceits, La Galleria, New York
Concerning the Difference Between the Delights of Pleasure and True Happiness, Swedenborg Society, London
2009Conversations with the Other Side, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (with Sidsel Christensen)
Polyrhythm, Union Square, New York
Observance, PS Gallery, Amsterdam
2007I Will Heal You, Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia
2005The Truth Will Set You Free, Vilma Gold, London
Kunstbunker, Nuremberg
2003Vilma Gold, London
2002PS Galerie, Amsterdam
Michael Janssen, Cologne
2001Vilma Gold, London
2000Vier de Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam
Parking Meters, Cologne
1999The Trade Apartment, London
Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, with Thomas Grunfeld
PS Gallery, Amsterdam
Selected Group Exhibitions2016Stories in the Dark, Whitstable Biennale and Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, UK
A Weekend of Weird, Radar / Loughborough University Arts, UK

2015Neither Seen Nor Known, Galerie Grand E’Terna, Paris
In Search of Paradise, Tafelhalle Theatre, Nuremberg, Germany
2014Onsite, TAP, Southend, UK
Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable, UK
Field Broadcast, Flatford Mill, UK
The Second Sex, Les Salaisons, Paris
2013Exile, Les Salaisons, Paris
Emergency6, Aspex, Portsmouth, UK
Open, Pump House Gallery, London
2012Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable, UK
Tanto Raggio, Cusio Artists Residency Space, Omegna, Italy
Pliny, The Golden Fleece, York, UK
2011The Edge of Reason, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway
Superhybrid, Highlight Club, Leeds
Love Video 2011, Center of Contemporary Art of Tbilisi, Georgia
Stephanie Busson, Jefford Horrigan, Hunt & Darton, Maria Theodoraki, Ben Judd, James Taylor Gallery, London
The Spirit is a Radium in Decay, Apiary Projects, London
2010Swedenborg House: Fourteen Interventions, Swedenborg Society, London
To Believe, La Galleria, New York
Celebration, Uqbar, Berlin
Are You Experienced? SPACE, London
JT Project 10, James Taylor Gallery, London
Gods and Rockers, Sideshow, Nottingham, UK
All That Glitters Is Not Institution, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Xray, Perseverance, London
2009Hunter, Guest Projects, London
For Your Eyes Only, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris
Concerning Dual Transmissions, Royal College of Art, London
The Object of the Attack, The David Roberts Art Foundation, London
City Beats, Dorsky Gallery, New York
PS 1999-2009, PS Galerie, Amsterdam
Errant Ways, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
2008The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg
The Smallest Cinema, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK
Out of Place, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam
City Beats, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai
Stationed, Winchester House, London
2007Seeing is Believing, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Co-curated By, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris
Persona Non Grata, One in the Other, London
The Juddykes, John Jones, London
Odoo / Current, Mongolian National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar
Abandoned Protocol, Ritter/Zamet, London
2006Sex and Sadness, Platform Garanti, Istanbul
Point of View, Jardin des Sculptures, Dunkirk, France
Rotterdam International Filmfestival, Witte de With Contemporary Art Center, Rotterdam
Evolution, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
Sweetex, Standpoint Gallery, London
Projektor, Café Gallery Projects, London
2005Portrait, Galeria Leme, Sau Paulo
As If By Proxy, Redux, London
Offpop Vision, Glashaus, Berlin
Courtisane, Gent, Belgium
Ben Judd, Julian Dashper, Kyle Jenkins, CCNOA, Brussels
Avecom, Filmhuis, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Space Open, The Triangle, London
The London Connection, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, Austria
Filmguest, Filmhuis Leeuwardene, Groningen, The Netherlands
2004Social Creatures, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Trackers, Pitzhangar Museum, London
The Futurians, Taro Nasu, Tokyo
Lost and Found, Bernal’s, Los Angeles, and Theatrum Anatomicum, Amsterdam
Tape, 291 Gallery, London
Island Art Film and Video Festival 2004, Prenelle Gallery, London
Rooie Oogjes, Showroom Mama, Rotterdam
Stuft, Red Gallery, Hull, UK
Wanting, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottowa, Canada
Contemporary Belém Art Flux, Belém, Brazil
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2003PS 1999-2003, Raid Projects, Los Angeles
Space Open, The Triangle, London
Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York
Red Light District 3, Artwalk, Amsterdam
Ponce, The Ship, London
Someone To Share My Life With, The Approach, London,
The Queen Mother Show, One in the Other, London
Chockerfuckingblocked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London
2002The Galleries Show, Royal Academy, London
Die First, One In the Other, London
Naturellement, Espace Fauriel, St Etienne, France
Red Light District 2, Winston Hotel, Amsterdam
JAM: Tokyo-London, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo
2001Unheard Of, Cuchifrutos, New York
Just History, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
Albanian Biennale, UK Section, Tirana, Albania
New Releases, Gallery 4a and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
JAM: Tokyo-London, Barbican, London
Desert Rose, Victoria House, London
Dogleg, Guildhall Road, Northampton
Me and Them, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam
Insider Trading, Mandeville Hotel, London
2000Cover Versions, The Trade Apartment, London
Include Me Out, 48 Provost Street, London
A Very Nice Film Club, Vilma Gold, London
The Songs I Like, Michael Janssen, Cologne
My Living Doll, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA
I’m Really Really Sorry, Luciano Inga-Pin, Milan, Italy
PS1999, Archipel Gallery, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Same Player Shoots Again, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
These Epic Islands, Vilma Gold, London
1999Festival Atlântico, Lisbon
Cave, Sali Gia, London
Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London
1998Post Neo-Amateurism, Chisenhale, London
The Powder Room, The Powder Room, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Printemps 2, DBF, London
Red Light District, Galerie Y-Burg, Amsterdam
Humdrum Red, The Trade Apartment, London
Curated Exhibitions2016Stories in the Dark, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, UK
2013-14Ensemble, Backlit, Nottingham (with Dave Charlesworth)
2011The Edge of Reason, Kino Kino, Sandnes, Norway (with Sidsel Christensen)
2010From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient and Modern, London
2008The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg
Persona Non Grata, One in the Other, London
2007The Juddykes, John Jones, London (with Howard Dyke)
2003The Queen Mother Show, One in the Other, London (with Howard Dyke)
1998Printemps 2, Deutsche Britisch Freundschaft, London (with Paul Morrison)
1997Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London (with Paul Morrison)
Catalogues and Publications2017Fatos Ustek, fig-2, ICA, London
2014Emma Cocker, Alun Rowlands, Pandora Syperek, Ben Judd: Communion,
Black Dog Publications, London
Traci Kelley, Seers in Residence, Nottingham, UK
2011Sidsel Christensen and Ben Judd, The Edge of Reason, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway
2010Stephen McNeilly, Swedenborg House: Fourteen Interventions, Swedenborg Society, London
2009Berit Fischer, City Beats, Dorsky Gallery, New York
2007Jill Morgan, Odoo / Current, Mongolian National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar
Ben Judd and Howard Dyke, The Juddykes, John Jones, London
Andrew Hunt, Abandoned Protocol, Ritter/Zamet, London
2004Contemporary Belém Art Flux, Belém, Brazil
Patricia Drück and Inka Schube Social Creatures, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Ed Krcma, Trackers, Pitzhangar Museum, London
JJ Charlesworth, The Futurians, Taro Nasu, Tokyo
2003Thyrza Goodeve, Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York
2001Patricia Ellis, Albanian Biennale, Tirana, Albania
Catherine Wood, JAM: Tokyo-London, Barbican, London
Residencies and Awards2016Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Who Shall Separate Us Now?, Radar / Loughborough University Arts, UK
Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Stories in the Dark, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury, UK
2015Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Apart, We are Together, fig-2, ICA, London, UK
2014Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for residency at Skaftfell Centre of Visual Art, Iceland
Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for The Conventicle, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for A Deep and Tenebrous Unity, Whitstable, UK
2013Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for I Am on Top of the World, London
2012Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, Whitstable Biennale
2011Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Mysterium, James Taylor Gallery, London
2010Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Concerning the Difference Between the Delights of Pleasure and True Happiiness, Swedenborg Society, London
2009Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for Observance, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts award for residency at Banff Centre, Canada
2007Arts Council England / Triangle Arts / Gasworks award for residency at Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia
2004British Council award for residency at Contemporary Belém Art Flux, Belém, Brazil
Articles and Reviews2017Wayne Burrows, A Weekend of Weird, www.thedoublenegative.co.uk
2016Tracy Affleck, WOW, Stories in the Dark: Contemporary Responses to the Magic Lantern, April
Anonymous, Pick of the Week (Stories in the Dark, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury), The Guardian, April
2015Anonymous, Best New Art in London (Apart, We are Together, ICA, London), Time Out, June
2014Anonymous, The 7th Whitstable Biennale 2014, www.publicartonline.org.uk
Suz Elvey, Ben Judd, Whistable Gazette, June
2013Jennifer Gleadell, Ensemble, Nottingham Visual Arts, May
Sarah Gill, Ensemble, Nottingham Post, March
2012In the Studio, EXIT, May
Merce Santos Mir, Ben Judd – Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Leftlion, March
Anonymous, Ben Judd – Songs of Innocence and of Experience, woodenwalrus.wordpress.com, April
2010Dan Smith, Concerning the Spiritual, Art Monthly, July/August
2009Emma Cocker, Still Unresolved: Inconsistency as Strategy, Intersections (35th Association of Art Historians Conference), April
2008Peter Lewis, Ben Judd, www.slashseconds.org, no. 8
Alia Pathan, Persona Non Grata, www.a-n.co.uk, March & www.slashseconds.org, no.8
Katharina Erlenwein, The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Donnerstag, 17 April
Stephanie Siebert, Was führt die Bruderschaft im Schilde?, Nurnberger Zeitung, 17 April
Georg Kasch, Bruderschaft aus Pappmaché, Abendzeitung, 18 April
Beth Greenacre, Abandoned Protocol, ArtRabbit, 18 September
2007Charlie Danby, Ben Judd, Miser and Now, Summer
2006Charlie Danby, Surveillance, Wonderland, September/October
2004Usuki Naoko, The Futurians, Artit, Summer / Autumn
Melissa Nix, The Futurians, The Daily Yomiuri, 29 July
Michael Stoeber, Soziale Kreaturen, Kunstforum, May / June
Nina Madden, Trackers, a-n Magazine, July
Helen Sumpter, Trackers, Time Out, June 16 – 23
Anon, Trackers, Ealing Gazette, May 14
Kerstin Stremmel, Soziale Kreaturen, Neue Zuricher, 16 April
Enno Kaulhold, Soziale Kreaturen, Photonews, Issue 16
Christina Tilmann, Soziale Kreaturen, Er Tagesspiegel, 11 April
Anon, Trackers, Absolute Arts, April
2003Jen Ogilivie, Space Open 2003, Time Out, November 26 – December 3
Asher Penn, Looking at ‘Strangers’, Workflow, Vol 1, Issue 1
David Levi Strauss, Strangers: International Center of Photography, New York, Art Forum, November
Jamie Lau, The Queen Mother Show, Contemporary, August / September
Anon, The Queen Mother Show, Kultureflash, April
Martin Coomer, Someone To Share My Life With, Time Out, April 23-30
Anna Honigman, Someone To Share My Life With, Zing Magazine, issue 19
Roos Gortzak, Ben Judd, I Miss, Tubelight, February
2002Dan Smith, Die First, Art Monthly, October
Ned Denny, Doing the Rounds, New Statesman, September 23
Helen Sumpter, Die First, Evening Standard, September 13
Martin Herbert, Die First, Time Out, September 11-18
Jessica Lack, Die First, The Guardian, August 17
2001Martin Coomer, JAM, Time Out, May
2000Patricia Ellis, I’m Really Really Sorry, Flash Art Italia, June
Sally O’Reilly, These Epic Islands, London Art, February
Paul O’Kane, Ben Judd, Contemporary Visual Art, February
Sally O’Reilly, Ben Judd, London Art, January
1999Jan van der Ploeg, Utopia II – Same Player Shoots Again, De Nieuwe Maatschappij, 6/3
Jacques Meijer, Fotografie in Kunstgaleries, P/F, September
Erik Hagoot, de Volkskrant, September
1998Front and back covers, Creative Camera, October / November
Tank, September
Olivier Gunning, High Anxiety, ID, July
John Slyce, Ben Judd, Flash Art, May / June
1996John Stathatos, Angels, Untitled, Spring
Peter Owen, Is That a Fact?, Creative Camera, March / April
David Brittain, New Typologies, Creative Camera, May/June
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