Body Architectures, Cellular Identities and Online Representation in the Work of Helen Carmel Benigson

This article is the catalogue essay for the exhibition Helen Carmel Benigson: the Future Queen of the Screen, held at Rollo Contemporary Art Gallery (November 2011 – January 2012). More information about the exhibition can be found here

This article looks at the way in which the artist Helen Carmel Benigson explores the spaces of the Internet and beyond, in a range of works including Cellular (2011), Why U Shouldn’t Date a Soldier (2011), and The Future Queen of the Screen (2011). It considers how the different spaces referenced in the works – MMORPGs, online pornography channels, and YouTube, as well as prisons, beaches and mirrors – become constitutive of identity, asking how the screen interface re-presents itself to the user, and thus also the user to themselves. Lastly, it also looks at the importance of Web2.0 technology as a device for both framing and re-framing representation, looking at the way in which images are continuously recycled and re-situated in different spaces.

Title:  ‘Body Architectures, Cellular Identities and Online Representation in the Work of Helen Carmel Benigson’

Date: 2011

Journal or Book Title: Helen Carmel Benigson: The Future Queen of the Screen ex. cat.

Publisher: ROLLO

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