About

Benjamin T. Busch (*1987, Kansas City) is an American visual artist and architect living in Berlin. Spanning art, architecture, curating, and writing, his work deals with the politics/aesthetics of space. His ongoing research considers spatial practice through processes of urbanization, self-organization, and the everyday, with regard to the growing role of computation across societies. Since spring 2018, Busch co-directs The Institute for Endotic Research at the non-profit venue TIER.space, together with Lorenzo Sandoval. From 2012 to 2015, he co-directed the Berlin project space Staycation Museum. Busch continues to work professionally as an independent writer and translator, architect with F101 Architekten, and photographer with dokugram.

CV

2014—2017 M.A. Raumstrategien (Spatial Strategies/Art in Public Space), Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
2010—2011 M.A. Architecture, University of Kansas (Completed at the Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart)
2005—2010 Master of Architecture (M.Arch. I), University of Kansas

Solo Exhibitions

2016 POINT BLANK (in collaboration with Evangelos Papamatthäou-Matschke), super+ CENTERCOURT, Munich
2014 Palimpsest + Material Senescence, Staycation Museum, Berlin

Group Exhibitions

2018 Elymus Repens, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin
2017 Contested Borderscapes, Mytilene, Greece
bitte bitte bitte – Weissensee School of Art Degree Show, SEZ Berlin
Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough, UK
Edge.Piraeus, Kastela Art Center, Piraeus (Athens)
Soft Barrier, The Art Foundation, Athens
The early days, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
2016 A digital encounter by (FΛG), Forward Union Fair, New York City
Self-Help-Academy, The OH-project, Iceland
Mapear no es Habitar, Arte Actual Flacso, Quito, Ecuador
Ying Colosseum Vol. 11: Inter-Material-Subject, Berlin
Individuating, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
Hardbakka Ruins Project 2016: Memento Mori, Bergen, Norway
2015 Refugee Monument Berlin (group installation), 2. Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
PRIVATE PARTS, Gitte Bohr c/o West Germany, Berlin
Ying Colosseum Vol. 1: The Unedited Save, Anothersidewalk, Berlin
PAY OFF, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art Exhibition (curating), European Graduate School, Switzerland
Temporary Artist’s Book Shop, LAGE EGAL, Berlin
2014 Mindscape Universe, Galerie Vincenz Sala, Paris
2013 The Oracle: What is your prophecy for the future?, The Wand, Berlin

Honors and Recognititions

2018 Arbeitsraumprogramm Grant for TIER.space, Berlin Senate Department of Culture
2016 Mart-Stam-Stipendium (Deutschlandstipendium), Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
IMPACT16 “Rift Zones” Symposium Fellowship, PACT Zollverein, Essen
Mapear no es habitar Residency Scholarship awarded by the US Embassy in Ecuador
Scholarship and Certificate of Completion, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art II, Berlin
DAAD Project Scholarship (PROMOS), Weissensee School of Art
2015 Scholarship and Certificate of Completion, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art I, Switzerland
2010 Graduate Direct Exchange Scholarship, University of Kansas
Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium, University of Stuttgart
AIA American Institute of Architects School Medal and Certificate of Merit
Honors Program Certificate of Completion, University of Kansas
2009 Kansas City Design Center Urban Design Studio Scholarship, University of Kansas
2008 Ewart Memorial Traveling Scholarship, University of Kansas
Honors Program Development Grant, University of Kansas

Books

  • Busch, Benjamin, and Evangelos Papamatthäou-Matschke. Point Blank. Munich: Reflektor M × 100for10, 2016.
  • Busch, Benjamin. Material Senescence. Berlin: Self-published, 2014. ISBN: 978-3000458927.
  • Busch, Benjamin. Palimpsest. Berlin: Self-published, 2014. ISBN: 978-3000458910.

Theses

  • Busch, Benjamin T. “The User’s Right to the City: Planetary-scale Computation and the Right to the City.” Master’s thesis, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, November 2017.

Edited Works

  • Becker, Jonas, Benjamin T. Busch, Matthew Hanson, Penny Rafferty, and Paul Stewart, eds. OnCurating #31: Spheres of Estrangement: Art, Politics, Curating. Zürich: Dorothee Richter, Postgraduate Programme in Curating, 2016.
  • Leung, Karina, Benjamin Busch, and Allison Gould, eds. Uncovering Potential: An Investigation into Dimensions of the City. Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Design Center, 2010.

Articles

  • “The 10th Berlin Biennale Creates Space for Vital Artistic Positions.” Berlin Art Link. August 14, 2018.
  • “Toward a Theory of the Emancipated User.” In Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skin. Edited by Eva Gonçalves, Gabrielle Cox, and Martin Jackson, 18—21. Berlin: gr_und/GeoVanna Gonzalez, 2018. Exhibition catalog.
  • “Interview: Zach Blas on the Concept of Contra-Internet.” Berlin Art Link. March 30, 2018.
  • “The User’s Right to the City.” In Ed 2: The Architecture of Disaster. Edited by Nicholas Korody, 90–96. Pasadena: Archinect, 2017.
  • “Artists Chart Evidence of the Inhuman, and the Inhumanity of Evidence.” ArtSlant. December 18, 2017.
  • “Tres ‘strikes’, estás fuera. La desafortunada agenda urbana de Habitat III.” In Mapear no es habitar, 4º Encuentro Iberoamericado de Arte, Trabajo y Economía (4EIATE). Edited by Paulina León Crespo, María Fernanda Troya, and Marcelo Aguirre, 247–255. Quito: Flacso, 2017.
  • “40 Years On, Skulptur Projekte Münster Keeps Troubling the Idea of ‘Public Space.’” ArtSlant. June 15, 2017.
  • “James Bridle’s Self-Driving Car Steers Into Slippery Questions About Automation.” ArtSlant. April 26, 2017.
  • “Let Them Eat Art! Dissent on Documenta 14’s Periphery.” ArtSlant. April 18, 2017.
  • “Wheatley-Provident Hospital: Kansas City’s Own Ruin.” Failed Architecture. February 23, 2017.
  • “Transmediale’s Revolution From Within.” ArtSlant. February 20, 2017.
  • “Black Box in a Black Box: ‘Shade’ at Sophiensaele.” Berlin Art Link. January 17, 2017.
  • “Interview with Omsk Social Club Feat. PUNK IS DADA.” KubaParis – Zeitschrift für junge Kunst. December 12, 2016.
  • “This Artist is Using Larp to Hack the Institution.” Sleek Magazine. December 4, 2016.
  • “Three Strikes, You’re Out: Habitat III’s Doomed Urban Agenda.” Failed Architecture. November 25, 2016.
  • “Domestic Realism and Collective Choreography: An Interview with Helen Hester.” Berlin Art Link. September 2, 2016.
  • “Projecting Space.” The Center of Minimum Distance, Project Space Festival Berlin. August 31, 2016.
  • “Reclaiming Public Space for the Collective Imaginary.” In Raumzine #2. Edited by Elisa T. Bertuzzo et al., 41–46. Berlin: Fachbereich Raumstrategien der Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, 2016.
  • “transmediale/conversationpiece: Adrift in a Sea of Data.” Berlin Art Link. February 12, 2016.
  • “Wohnungsfrage: The Housing Question Reloaded.” Berlin Art Link. October 30, 2015.
  • “Permanent Temporariness.” In Raumzine #1. Edited by Gerda Heck, Kathrin Wildner, Alejandro Strus et al., 14–21. Berlin: Fachbereich Raumstrategien der Kunsthochule Berlin Weißensee, 2015.
  • “Concrete Jungle.” Uncube. February 16, 2015.
  • “Vogelsang in Ruins.” Uncube. November 19, 2014.
  • “Vogelsang Murals.” In HORIZONTE – Zeitschrift für Architekturdiskurs No. 9 – RUINE. Edited by Toni Herzog et al., 137–143. Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität, 2014.
  • “Unstable Architecture.” Avant.org. November 6, 2014.
  • “Better Than Okay.” In Civilian #1. Edited by Kent Szlauderbach, Sarah Murphy, and Leandra Burnett, 69–79. Kansas City, Missouri: Front/Space, 2014.
  • “Material Senescence.” In What Is the Future of Architecture? Vol. 2. Edited by Pieterjan Grandry, 40–44. Berlin: Crap Is Good, 2013.
  • “Palimpsest.” In What Is the Future of Architecture?. Edited by Pieterjan Grandry, 40–43. Berlin: Crap Is Good, 2012.

Presentations

  • “The User’s Right to the City.” Augmented Technology: Launch of Archis/Volume 51, Berlin, January 2018.
  • “Recording the Everyday.” Perspektiven lecture series, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin, June 2017.
  • “Artistic Methodologies.” Talk given at the 4th Pan-American Symposium of Arts, Work, and Economy, Quito, Ecuador, October 2016.
  • “Architecture and the Social Question: Housing Production in the 21st Century.” Paper presented at The Human in Architecture and Philosophy – ISPA 3rd International Conference, Bamberg, Germany, July 2016.
  • “Adaptive Structure: A Modular System for Generative Architecture.” Paper presented with Georg Ladurner at the 14th Generative Art Conference, Rome, December 2011.