Benjamin Forster with
Cast in the light of reason, 2012
photograph: Jackson Eaton
Benjamin Forster’s practice may be positioned within contemporary drawing, bringing together digital and biological technologies, installation and print to trace the boundaries of logic, economy and the role of the artist in art making. He received a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, and was an artist in residence at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2009. In 2010 he relocated to Perth to complete simultaneous residencies at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and SymbioticA. Forster was the winner of the 2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award Non-Acquisitive prize. His Drawing Machine project was exhibited in Hatched 09: The National Graduate Exhibition at PICA, as well as the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics 09 in Victoria, Canada. In 2011 through a National JUMP Mentorship, he was mentored by Steve Bull (head boy, pvi collective) and participated in the Splendid Arts Lab. In 2012, Forster’s work was included in PRIMAVERA at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 2012 and NEW13 at ACCA in 2013.
Though his relationship with the BEAM Projection Group , Benjamin has developed many site-specific projections in response to facades of numerous public buildings – these include the National Library of Australia, the Street Theatre and the Alinga Street Post Office Tower in Canberra.
Forster is also one of the founding members of Last Man To Die, an interdisciplinary arts collective based in Canberra. Last Man to Die have devised several works, ranging from installations to theatrical performances, that have been exhibited nationally. Their recent work ‘The Last Man to Die’ was performed at The Street Theatre (ACT), Blue Room Theatre (WA) and was included as part of Under the Radar at the Brisbane Festival 2010.