Artists, Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell explore the complex web of relationships linking people and architecture and the coded systems of communications and exchange we use to negotiate a fast changing technological world.
Langlands & Bell began collaborating in 1978 after meeting at art school in London in 1977. They are based in London and have exhibited widely internationally since the early 1980’s. Their art ranges from film, video and digital media projects to sculpture, installation, and full-scale architecture. It employs an aesthetic framework to focus on the structures we inhabit and the networks that connect them, while reflecting at a wider global level on the many ways space is encoded as social, political or economic territory.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned as “War Artists” to visit Afghanistan. In 2003 they won a BAFTA and were shortlisted for the Turner Prize for The House of Osama bin Laden the trilogy of art works that resulted from their visit. Recently they unveiled Beauty < Immortality a permanent installation at Piccadilly Circus Underground station, London.
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London will host a major solo exhibition of the work of Langlands & Bell from 26 February – 25 May 2020.