About

Benjamin 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 photographer.

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

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 2016: 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: What is your prophecy for the future?, The Wand, Berlin

Honors and Recognitions

2019 Awards Program for Artistic Project Spaces and Initiatives (TIER), Berlin Senate
2018 Arbeitsraumprogramm Project Space Grant with Lorenzo Sandoval (TIER), Berlin Senate
2016 Mart-Stam-Stipendium/Deutschlandstipendium, Weissensee School of Art, Berlin
IMPACT16 “Rift Zones” Symposium Fellowship, PACT Zollverein, Essen
Mapear no es habitar residency scholarship, awarded by the US Embassy in Ecuador
Scholarship and Certificate of Completion, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art II, Berlin
DAAD PROMOS Project Scholarship, Weissensee School of Art
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