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 their collaboration in 1978 while still at art school in London. They are based in London and Kent, UK and have exhibited widely internationally since the early 1980s. Their art examines human relations from the personal to the political by exploring the structures we inhabit and the networks of communication and exchange that surround us. Their art works range from film, video and interactive digital media, to sculpture, installation, and full-scale architecture.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London to research The Aftermath of September 11 and the War in Afghanistan. They were awarded a BAFTA and shortlisted for the Turner Prize for The House of Osama bin Laden the trilogy of art works that resulted from their visit.
Recent solo exhibitions include, Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe, Ikon Gallery Birmingham 2018; Langlands & Bell : Degrees of Truth, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2020-21; Curators Signatures, CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan 2020-21; The Past is Never Dead… Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana 2021; Ideas of Utopia, Absent Artists, Near Heaven, Charleston, East Sussex, UK, 2022.