About

Benjamin T. Busch (*1987, Kansas City) is an American visual artist and architect living in Berlin. Spanning art, architecture, curating, and writing, his work deals with the aesthetics/politics of space. His ongoing research considers spatial practice through processes of urbanization, self-organization, and the everyday, with regard to the growing role of computation across societies. Since spring 2018, Busch co-directs The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) together with Lorenzo Sandoval. From 2012 to 2015, he co-directed the Berlin project space Staycation Museum. Busch continues to work professionally as an independent writer and translator, architectural consultant, and freelance photographer (dokugram). He authored Palimpsest and Material Senescence (2014), and together with Evangelos Papamatthäou-Matschke Point Blank (Munich: Reflektor M, 2016). Busch’s artwork and writing have appeared in Archinect, ArtSlant, Avant.org, Berlin Art Link, Failed Architecture, Horizonte (Bauhaus), Making & Breaking, and uncube. He co-edited OnCurating no. 31 (2016), and with TIER he has co-edited and co-authored a variety of published works.

Education

2014–2017 M.A. Raumstrategien (Spatial Strategies/Art in Public Space), Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
2010–2011 M.A. Architecture, University of Kansas. Completed at the Institute for Computational Design, University of Stuttgart
2005–2010 Master of Architecture (M.Arch. I) summa cum laude, University of Kansas

Solo Exhibitions

2016 POINT BLANK, in collaboration with Evangelos Papamatthäou-Matschke, super+ CENTERCOURT, Munich
2014 Palimpsest + Material Senescence, Staycation Museum, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Elymus Repens, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin
2017 Contested Borderscapes, Mytilene, Greece
  bitte bitte bitte – Weissensee School of Art Degree Show, SEZ Berlin
  Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough, UK
  Edge.Piraeus, Kastela Art Center, Piraeus (Athens)
  Soft Barrier, The Art Foundation, Athens
  The early days, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
2016 A digital encounter by (FΛG), Forward Union Fair, New York City
  Self-Help-Academy, The OH-project, Iceland
  Mapear no es Habitar, Arte Actual Flacso, Quito, Ecuador
  Ying Colosseum Vol. 11: Inter-Material-Subject, Berlin
  Individuating, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
  Hardbakka Ruins Project: Memento Mori, Bergen, Norway
2015 Refugee Monument Berlin (group installation), 2. Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
  Private Parts, Gitte Bohr c/o West Germany, Berlin
  Ying Colosseum Vol. 1: The Unedited Save, Anothersidewalk, Berlin
  Pay Off, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
  Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art Exhibition (curating), European Graduate School, Switzerland
  Temporary Artist’s Book Shop, LAGE EGAL, Berlin
2014 Mindscape Universe, Galerie Vincenz Sala, Paris
2013 The Oracle, The Wand, Berlin

Honors and Recognitions

2020 Artist Residency, AADK Spain, Centro Negra, Murcia, Spain
2019 Awards Program for Artistic Project Spaces and Initiatives (TIER), Berlin Senate
  Artist Residency, AqTushetii, Omalo, Georgia
2018 Arbeitsraumprogramm Project Space Grant (TIER), Berlin Senate
2016 Mart-Stam-Stipendium/Deutschlandstipendium, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
  Fellowship, IMPACT16 Rift Zones Symposium, PACT Zollverein, Essen
  Artist Residency, Mapear no es Habitar, supported by the US Embassy in Ecuador
  Scholarship and Certificate of Completion, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art II, Berlin
  Artist Residency, Habitat Forum Berlin, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  DAAD PROMOS Project Scholarship, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
  Artist Residency, Hardbakka Ruins Project, Bergen, Norway
2015 Scholarship and Certificate of Completion, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art I, Switzerland
2010 Graduate Direct Exchange Scholarship, University of Kansas
  Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium, University of Stuttgart
  AIA American Institute of Architects School Medal and Certificate of Merit
Honors Program Certificate of Completion, University of Kansas
2009 Kansas City Design Center Urban Design Studio Scholarship, University of Kansas
2008 Ewart Memorial Traveling Scholarship, University of Kansas
  Honors Program Development Grant, University of Kansas