The University of Wolverhampton

Garfield Benjamin


Research Group:  Digital Theory, Technology and Practice
Director of study:  Professor Dew Harrison
Title:  Research Student
Email:  garfieldbenjamin@wlv.ac.uk
Phone:  01902 325224
Website:  Garfield Benjamin

About Garfield Benjamin

Garfield Benjamin is currently undertaking a doctoral research studentship into the role of art in confronting the subject as gap between digital and physical worlds, under Prof. Dew Harrison and Dr. Denise Doyle. Positing the individual subject itself as the space between worlds, the research focuses on the parallax of digital experience and seeks an artistic approach to the self-destructive drive necessary to expose the void of the subject and question the decentred self.

Garfield gained his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Birmingham, where he studied Music, focusing on Electroacoustic composition under Prof. Jonty Harrison. As a member of BEAST, his creative practice explored mixed media art with a noisy, abstract and expressive digital aesthetic. Influences include death metal, stochastic and fractal processes, science fiction and horror. His works have been performed in Birmingham with BEAST and SOUNDkitchen, at the RNCM, and at TU Berlin.

Research interests include the psychoanalytical cultural theory of Slavoj Žižek, the philosophy of Quantum Physics, mixed media art, the impact of digital media and art as revolution.

Exhibitions/Screenings/Performance

2011

  • Hraesvelgr. Live Performance at SOUNDkitchen, Birmingham 

2010

  • Re:# akou a sema. Performance at TU Berlin
 2010
  • On the Genealogy of Oneirology. Screening at BEAST+, Birmingham
 2009
  •  In the Eye. Sound Installation/Diffusion with BEAST, Birmingham
 2009
  •  (…) for solo tuba and off-stage brass quartet. Performed at the RNCM, Manchester
 2008
  •  “I’d rather not talk about it”. Performance at Hello Digital Festival, Birmingham

Conference papers

  • Benjamin, G. (2012), Virtual Monsters: Becoming Death and the Quantum Immortal. Monsters: Subject Object Abject, Manchester Museum
  • Benjamin, G. (2012), How to Wake Up the Bit-Shoveller: towards a cyber-[arsonist]’s handbook. ’On Performativity’ CADRE Research Student Conference, University of Wolverhampton