Rosie Benn is a transdisciplinary artist based in Vienna. Her practice is inspired by dialogical aesthetics and queer ecologies. Her work explores environmental discourses through non-linear narratives and applies the technique of collage to various media. In 2020 Rosie completed her MA in Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her artistic research project limen was supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and Education Austria, the work of ethnographic fiction and video poem explored interspecies relations in biocyclic-vegan agriculture. Food production, eating and the so-called waste from these activities call into question the boundary between matter and the living. It is at these crosspoints that the inquiry of Rosie’s research is situated. Experimentation and poetic sense-making are vital to the process, daydreaming and humour are seen as valid resources in negating capitalist, imperial modes of living and world-making. Rooted with an interest in the everyday implications of such modes of being, Rosie collaborates or dwells with activist, scientific groups and situated stakeholders that are engaged in practices of interspecies care.
Rosie currently works with philosopher Florian Heinze on a multimedia chapter within the publication Animated Wor(l)ds; Language and Relationality for Multispecies Kinship, editors Eva Spiegelhofer (Anthropocene Network) and Elizabeth Tavella (Ecozon@). In this collaboration Rosie and Florian will draw on their previous work within critical animal studies by further exploring a post-anthropocentric understanding of liminal beings within vegan agriculture. Aspects of solidarity as well as interspecies conflicts will be reflected in light of feminist care theory and via artistic-scientific methods. Rosie is also working with the organisation wurmsystems (wurmkiste) on a project supported by the Action for Sustainability Hub in which the first five worm hotels in Vienna are being established, her role is to collaborate on the artistic process within this multispecies project aimed at redefining waste.
Exhibitions / Performances
ANIMALS AND LANDSCAPES
Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS)
Edge Hill University
Multispecies Storytelling Network
limen Film Screening
limen Film Screening
AGRI_CULTURE, WIEN WOCHE
Festival for Art & Activism Vienna
limen Film Screening
VBKÖ Verein für Bildende Künstler:innen Österreich
(Association of Visual Women* Artists Austria)
Collective Anthotype from organic waste
Poetry and sound
THE SPACE BETWEEN OUR TOES
Workshops and performance
WHAT'S EASIER TO TRAIN, A CAT OR A HUMAN?
Klima Camp bei Wien
Climate activist festival
MOUNTAINS PAINTED BY CATS,
Artistic Book and Lecture-Performance
MEET THE UNIVERSE
Aula der Wissenschaften
In collaboration with Cuántico, HEPHY and Art@CMS
THE LANDING IS ON FRIDAY, EVENT OF SPECULATIVE ECOLOGY
Essence, Angewandte Universität der Kunst
48 hour happening between trees and ruins,
Transcarpathia (Ukraine), 2018
STATE OF THE COMMUNITY
Dhillon Marty Foundation, Unesco
Live date: March 4, 2018
Collective artistic radio piece
das weisse haus Gallery
In cooperation with CERN (art@CMS and HEPHY – Institute of High Energy Physics).
within exhibition 'Beweis zu nichts' by Marcel Odenbach
AIL (Angewandte Innovation Lab)
THE BALKON REFUGEE ROUTE, A PATHWAY TO SOLIDARITY
Performance and installation
IMAGINE ALL THE DATA
Heiligen Kreuzer Hof
WEIRD SISTERS, WICKED BODIES
The British Museum
Video Editor, for panel discussion and artistic research meeting All You Have to Lose is Ecstasy, The Intuitive, Somatic and Occult as Methods of Inquiry, host Monica C. LoCascio, within online conference Tabboo, Transgression and Transcendance, organiser Dalila Honorato, Assistant Professor at the Ionian University, 2020.
Assistant Curation Designer, 3D Construction Planner, Japan Unlimited, Museum Quarter Freiraum, 2019.
Concept and Creative Workshop Leader, with Space Social Space, Afrieurotext, Public Space, Diakonie, 2018.
Theatre design workshops, S.P.I.D Community Theatre, London, 2014.
Design for immersive performance and interaction, PunchDrunk, The Princes Trust, 2014.
Theatre Design workshops, Shakespeare in Shoreditch, Ideas Tap, 2014.
Assistant Designer, Immersive Theatre, RIFT, Harper Collins, The Ritz, 2014.
Installation Designer, Secret Productions for Secret Garden Party, 2014.
Participatory Artist, BBC Events and Creative Department in collaboration with Amelia Johnstone and Welsh National Opera, 2014.
Artistic Director, Music Video, NextDoorFilms and Visonquest, 2013.
2017 - 2020
MA Art & Science, Angewandte Universität der Kunst, Vienna
2011 - 2014
BA Illustration, Cardiff Metropolitan University
2008 - 2010
ND Graphic Design Leeds College of Art & Design
Preis der Freien Szene, with collective project antifaschistisches Ballett