Somerset House Studios resident

Ben K

Visual artist and creative director who creates installations driven by a curiosity for (dis)order, perception and the limits of our senses.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Ben creates work in the space between art, science and music. His work uses and combines light, sound, time and movement to compose experiences that reveal fundamental mechanisms through which we relate to the physical and virtual environments we inhabit. Before starting his solo practice in 2016, Ben co-directed United Visual Artists and its sister studio Another Space, overseeing design and development across the studio’s artistic and performative practice.

440Hz, 2016 (Sound design and direction, with United Visual Artists)
440Hz, 2016 (Sound design and direction, with United Visual Artists)

During his eight years with UVA, Ben developed installations for the Barbican Curve (London), Hyundai Motorstudio (Seoul), MONA (Hobart) and the Manchester International Festival. Ben has created work for brands including Nike, Samsung, Cartier, Versace and Louis Vuitton, in addition to directing tours for Massive Attack and James Blake. Ben was born in Sydney and currently lives and works in London.

Momentum, Barbican 2015 (with United Visual Artists)
Momentum, Barbican 2015 (with United Visual Artists)

Ben will continue research into sensory processes, develop a new system for synesthetic installation and performance, and explore how different environments provide unique reference points for shifts in perception. In addition to attempting to beat the guys from Unmade at snooker and regularly turning up to Friday drinks.

Ben K is a resident of Studio 48.

Massive Attack, 2016 Tour (Stage design, visual direction and composition, with United Visual Artists)
Massive Attack, 2016 Tour (Stage design, visual direction and composition, with United Visual Artists)