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I was accepted to law school in New York, but spent two months walking the Camino de Santiago, changed my mind, rescinded my admission, and moved to Europe.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 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. A new commission for Science Gallery Dublin is forthcoming in 2018.
At the moment, I am especially interested in: ethics in science and technology, copies and copying, artificial flavourings, the geology of the Scottish Highlands, the history of atomic models, museums and archives, infrastructure, linguistics and translation.
Email: hello (at) crystalbennes (dot) com