Ben Holmes

b. 1973

Ben Holmes is an Auckland based artist whose practice incorporates music/sound, video and performance. His work often draws on common pre-rational sound devices and effects that permeate everyday culture as a springboard for setting up different kinds of experiential ‘games’. He commonly incorporates different forms participation – or suggested participation within varying game set ups.

Much of his video work is borne from an interest in 'subconscious' attempts to evade, subvert and undermine various myriad forms of social conformity by way of exploring mundane personal experience, neurosis and fantasy via a kind of masked persona.

In 2007 he received an MA from AUT, and subsequently has taught inter-media art, writing, music and music theory in various contexts. He also has a long-standing professional experience as a musician/composer/performer in various contexts including theatre, dance, film and bands.

Selected exhibitions
2009 / 2010
On top of the mountain
(instructional video series)
Curated by Amelia Harris/Mark Williams
New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland/ Wellington

2009
Robot erectus
As part of One on One, a repeating one minute performance series
Old folks Association Hall, Auckland
Group show curated by Sean Curham

2008
Karaoke ribbons/scone trolley
(Installation/Kenetic sculpture works)
As part of Lazy Susan St Pauls Gallery, Auckland