Ben Kinsley’s projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, organizing a paranormal concert series, staging a royal protest, investigating feline utopia, collecting put-down jokes from around the world, and planting a buried treasure in the streets of Mexico City (yet to be found).
He has exhibited internationally at venues such as: Queens Museum, NYC; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland; Bureau for Open Culture; Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; Flux Space, Philadelphia; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence; La Galería de Comercio, Mexico City; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe.
Ben has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Skaftfell Art Center, Iceland; Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland; and Platform, Finland. His work has been featured on NPR, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Artforum.com, Wired.com, Rhizome.org, and Temporary Art Review, among others.
Kinsley is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Visual Art in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is Co-Founder of The Yard and President of the Pikes Peak Mycological Society.
Short Summary CV (PDF)
SELECTED INTERVIEWS / LECTURES / WRITING
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center “In Studio” Interview
- PBS Arts District Feature
- Westword Colorado Creatives Feature
- NPR Weekend Edition Interview
- Surprisingly Awesome Podcast
- Yale University Radio Interview
- 2015 Summer Institute for Visual Arts Lecture
- MOCA Cleveland ArtCast Interview: Part 1 | Part 2
- The Making of “Street With A View” from Mattress Factory Museum
- Zen of the Woods: a Foray into Art and Mushrooming on Temporary Art Review
- -empyre- soft-skinned space Guest Moderator, “On Contamination”
PROJECT SITES & BLOGS
- The Yard: whatsintheyard.com
- Janks Archive: janksarchive.org
- Don’t Spit Can’t Swim Podcast: soundcloud.com/dontspit
- Janks Research Blog: janksarchive.tumblr.com
- A Costume Archive: kenbinsley.tumblr.com