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Benedict Drew: THE ANTI ECSTATIC MACHINES 22–30 September 2018 | Heads May Roll 19 February–20 April 2014 | Revolver Part 3: The Persuaders 31 October–18 November 2012 | Editions | Artist’s Website

Benedict Drew | Revolver Part 3: The Persuaders | 31 October–18 November 2012 | Private View: Sunday 28 October 2–5pm | view REVOLVER Part 3
Benedict Drew, The Persuaders, 2011
Benedict Drew, The Persuaders, 2011. Installation image at James Taylor Gallery, London, courtesy the artist.

Benedict Drew, The Persuaders, 2011
Benedict Drew combines sculpture, moving image and sound
to make work that explores the expressions and logic of media and its imagery and operations and the intersections of the physical and digital worlds.

You'll be watched, and in some way controlled.
You might want to resist this, but no matter how, you'll find yourself reacting.
You'll respond to visual and sonic elements that hold a material form, and you will reciprocate the activity of those technological devices awaiting you.

Hearing the voices of data streams.

This is a 21st century fable of transition in which the old and the new are just one thing. You'll be told a story about the newness of that which is discarded, and about the physicality of that which is disembodied. You'll enter a place where the obsolete is enhanced and the symbolic meaning becomes animate.

This will be a journey of discovery during which you'll find out about the language of the technological thing; a language that encompasses signs, symbols and signals, and, most of all, embraces the realm of the senses. Deciphering this language means to access the inner world of the device, and perhaps its reasons, in connection to your own world, the outer world.

You'll be interacting with techno-souls, and although you might feel controlled, you might also want to believe in the possibility of a reversal if you succeed in grasping their linguistic codes.

Things consist of tensions, forces, hidden powers, all being constantly exchanged.

This fable might not be a fiction after all, but a story of the 21st century. It might be a story about a journey through the acting technological object and another way to look at its reality: the material form, the being a means to an end which affects but also has many underlying causes. It might not be about enchanted techno-souls, but souls in the sense of manifestations, a display of a series of tensions that are very often disembodied because of our failure to notice.

Excerpt taken from exhibition text by Marialaura Ghidini for The Persuaders at CIRCA Projects, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2011.

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Born 1977 Lives and works in Whitstable / Margate UK Education 2009-2011 Slade School of Fine Art MFA; 1996-1999 Middlesex University BA Fine Art Solo Exhibitions 2015 KAPUT, QUAD Gallery, Derby 2014 Benedict Drew Heads May Roll Matt’s Gallery, London 2013 The Onesie Cycle (VIP) – a solo exhibition across two venues, Phoenix and Two Queens Gallery, Leicester; The Onesie Cycle, Rhubaba, Edinburgh, Scotland 2012 Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; THIS IS FEEDBACK, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space, London; The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle Selected Group Exhibitions 2015–2016 British Art Show 8, Hayward Touring, Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton 2015 Mainland Rock, Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; Art on the Underground, London 2014 Acid Rain, Island Gallery, Brussels 2013 Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA; BLASTOMERE, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, USA Bold Tendencies, London; SNAP: Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh; R-U-Dead Yet? Summerhall, Edinburgh; Fresh Trauma, Ceri Hand Gallery, London; Is That All There Is?, Import Projects, Berlin; While It Lasts, A Show-reel. Eastside Projects, Birmingham; While It Lasts, A Show-reel. Milton Keynes Gallery; Unspecific Objects, The Royal Standard, Liverpool; LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH, ICA, London (event and publication) 2012 Revolver Part 3, Matt's Gallery, London; The Stone of Folly, Downstairs at Great Brampton House, Hereford; Paraproduction, Boetzerlaer|Nispen, Amsterdam; Young London, V22, London; Soundworks, ICA, London; Containing the Possible, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; There is not and never had been anything to understand, ASC Gallery, London; Things That Have Interested Me, Waterside Contemporary, London; Writtle Calling, radio broadcast; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable; The Persuaders, AV Festival, Newcastle 2011 Seeing in the dark, CIRCA, Newcastle; PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS, Banner Repeater, London; Auto Italia Live Episode 1: Talking Objects in Space, Auto Italia, London; Reclaim the Mural, The Work In Progress, Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Persuaders, James Taylor Gallery, London; Tomorrow's World, Nutbrook Studios, London; MFA exhibition, Slade School of Fine Art 2010 JTP 10, James Taylor Gallery, London; Resonance104.4fm presents ResoVision, Frieze Art Fair, London; Non-Cochlear Sound, Diapason Gallery, New York; Systematic studio, 176, London; Present Technology, Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston University, Kingston; Fast Fertig, The Oubliette, London; Images festival, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada 2009 No.where, London (with Emma Hart); The Shandy Show: A Selection of Works from the Shandy Collection, The Arts Gallery, London; Unter Radio, Resonance FM, London; The Work in Progress presents: NOISY IMAGE, Café Oto, London 2008 Ensembles, Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan Curated Exhibitions 2014 Escape Routes, Limbo Margate, featuring Angus Braithwaite, Nicholas Brooks, David Burrows, Ami Clarke, Catriona Clayson, Matt Copson, Vera Karlsson, Rebecca Lennon, Terence McCormack, Heather Phillipson, Laura Smith, Milo Waterfield 2013 We Object!, Aid & Abet, Cambridge, featuring Nicholas Brooks, Rebecca Lennon, Beth Collar, Angus Braithwaite, Heather Phillipson and Jem Finer Performances 2010 Images festival, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada 2009 Performa 09, Light Industry, New York (with Emma Hart) The Old Police Station, London (with Emma Hart); Café Oto, London (with Tetsuya Umeda); The Unnamed Music Festival, Café Oto, London (with Tom Chant, Angharad Davies, John Edwards); Cut & Splice: Living Rooms Festival, Wilton’s Music Hall, London (with The Domestic Appliance Audio Research Society); Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium (with Chris Watson and Emily Richardson) 2008 Kill Your Timid Notion Tour, ICA, London (with Greg Pope); The Lux Presents Six Films by Emily Richardson (DVD launch), Café Oto, London (with Chris Watson and Emily Richardson); Untitled (2008), Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (with Sachiko M.); UNTITLED 5, Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (with Emma Hart); LMC Festival, Café Oto, London (with Tom Chant, Angharad Davies and John Edwards); UNTITLED 4, LUX presents Live Cinema, Arcola Theatre, London (with Emma Hart); Self-Cancellation, INSTAL, Beaconsfield, London; The Arches, Glasgow Other Works 2008 Cobra Mist, Soundtrack for the film by Emily Richardson Awards and Prizes Boise Travel Scholarship; LUX Associate Artists Programme; OCAD Off Screen Award (for Untitled Seven with Emma Hart)

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Publications 2014 Zero Hour Petrified, exhibition catalogue, Sofa Press. ISSN no. 1176-1164; Public Address, Focal Point Gallery ISBN 978-1-907185-18-2 2012 Revolver Part 3 white book, published by Matt's Gallery, London 2011 ON THE UPGRADE, Box containing limited edition artworks by Patrick Coyle, Benedict Drew, Jamie George, Tamarin Norwood, Damien Roach and David Rule. Edition series of 50 Published by, September 2011; How I Failed To Make Man, Merkske 2011, ISBN 978-1907829017; Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance and Film, Tate Publishing, May 2011, ISBN 978-1854379740; Nought to Sixty, ICA, ISBN 978-1900300599; Emily Richardson, Time Frames, Stour Valley Arts Ltd, ISBN 978-0953534081 Selected Bibliography 2014 Andrew Witt, Artforum, April; Nathaniel Budowski, Puncturing Fantasies: Exhausted Images and the ‘Me’ Generation, Frieze, May; Alex Needham, The Guardian Online Australia, March; Yvette Greslé, this is tomorrow, March; Skye Sherwin, The Guardian, February 2013 Matthew Herbert, Future Greats: Benedict Drew, Art Review February 2013 2012 Sam Thorne, The Year in Review - UK, Frieze, November-December 2012; Eliza Apperly, Revolver Part 3, this is tomorrow, November 2012; Jackie D. Koerner-Hintz, Revolver Part 3, Matt's Gallery, Art Pit, 11 November 2012; Saim Demircan, An Orchestra Falling Down a Cliff, Mousse Magazine, Issue 35; Susanna Davies-Crook, First Exposure: Benedict Drew, Dazed and Confused, November 2012; Isobel Harbison, The Map is the Territory/ Re-Run, Frieze, June-August 2012; Sam Thorne, AV Festival, Frieze, May 2012

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