Ben helped the Eindhoven Public Library to develop strategies of change in response to their severe budget cuts. The focus was on what would be lost with the proposed reductions, the library as a platform, and the library as a social space.
This archive of the Future Past maps the coming 25 years of personal and renewable energy. It illustrates four speculative social phenomena – Fans, Tribes, Radicals and Idlers. Who will choose the future and write history?
Humanising Communication makes the timetable, delay and time displays in Eindhoven Station more welcoming and local. It connects travellers to the train network through small changes to the existing audio visual information systems. By changing the tone of communication, NS will ensure a more enjoyable, exciting and joyful journey.
First Gift is a blanket which visualizes a child’s DNA as data, embedding it in a precious heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. It highlights the sanctity of DNA data, in an age where germ-line genetic manipulation may soon become possible.
A deceased person’s online profile is like an eternal ghost, an indiscriminate collection of many years of virtual detritus. Afterlife Transmitter is a private digital memoir which preserves the mind of a dying person in a gift to their most loved ones.
Bio-accessories is a series of wearable couture pieces which mask the unpleasant sights, sounds and scents of the city. They will be exhibited at the City Library as part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed, in August, 2009. (with Brittany Veitch)
Bald Bowls is an interactive process where bald men cast each other’s heads in plaster, then slip cast them to create bowls in the shape of their bald domes. The event grew from the therapeutic sessions of bald support groups and includes art therapy theories. By creating something together, bald men can connect with each other through a unique process, and have an artifact to show for it in the end, which represents their acceptance of balding.