Benjamin Gerdes

Benjamin Gerdes is an artist, writer, and organizer working in video, film, and related public formats, individually as well as collaboratively. He is interested in intersections of radical politics, knowledge production, and popular imagination. His work focuses on the affective and social consequences of economic and state regimes, investigating methods for art and cultural projects to contribute to social change. Gerdes’s projects emerge via multiple articulations from long-term research processes conducted in dialogue with activists,  trade unionists, architects, urbanists, geographers, and archival researchers.

Prior to coming to the Institute for Futures Studies, he was based at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, where he conducted research and led a professor group in fine art and moving image for 5 years.

Selected Representation: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Documenta, Kassel; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; New Museum, New York; Rotterdam International Film Festival; Tate Modern, London, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Transmediale.

Selected publications include the journals World Records, October, Public, and Rethinking Marxism, and contributions to the edited volumes Data Publics (Routledge) and Platform Urbanism and Its Discontents (nai010), Technoscene (Postmedia), and Dissident Practices: Posthumanist Approaches to Critiques of Political Economy (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).