I am an artist, writer and researcher based in Edinburgh.
I have a BA in Politics with International Relations from Arizona State University.
I worked for the US Senate on the Committee for the Environment and Public Works.
I was accepted to law school in New York, but spent two months walking the Camino de Santiago, changed my mind, rescinded my admission, and moved to Europe.
I have an MSc in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Classics from King’s College London.
I have a PhD in Classics, also from King’s. My doctoral research looked at the social, political and literary contexts of 18th-century French translations of Lucan’s 1st-century Latin epic poem, De Bello Civili, on the Roman civil wars of 49-46 BCE.
I have worked on staff at The Architects’ Journal, The Architectural Review, Icon and Phaidon. I write regularly for these and other architecture, art and design publications.
I ran my own curatorial project, SALON (LONDON) for a number of years, staging temporary exhibitions in vacant commercial spaces in London. I subsequently curated exhibitions for the Gwangju Design Biennale and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
I was shortlisted for the inaugural Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize in 2011.
I recently completed a two-year MFA at Aalto University in Helsinki.
Since then, I have exhibited work at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, the Serlachius Museum in Finland and the St Petersburg Public Library in Russia. I had a solo exhibition at Huuto Gallery, Helsinki in October 2017 and was selected as one of Finland’s best emerging artists in 2015. Recent work has been shown at Science Gallery Dublin and Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy.
In October 2018, I began an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD (yes, another one) at the BxNU Institute and Cultural Negotiation of Science research group, based at Northumbria University. Through fine art practice and research, the project will explore observation and representation (data taking and analysis, computational visualisation and imaging processes) in particle physics, namely neutrinos.
I also have a Tumblr account where I collect, research and analyse the marketing aesthetics of new construction developments in London and elsewhere, Development Aesthetics.
Email: hello (at) crystalbennes (dot) com