Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell
Langlands & Bell - Studio , Founders
Langlands and Bell have been collaborating since they met at art school in London in 1978. Their art ranges from film and video to interactive digital media, sculpture, installation and full-scale architecture and utilises a conceptual and aesthetic framework to explore the structures we inhabit and the networks of communication and exchange surrounding us.
Langlands and Bell have shown widely internationally throughout their career including exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and V&A in London; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Haus Der Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Germany; MoMA, New York, Yale Center for British Art, USA; Venice Biennale, Seoul Biennale, and CCA and TN Probe in Japan. Their artworks are held in the permanent collections of numerous national and international art museums.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London, to research “The Aftermath of September 11 and the War in Afghanistan”. They were nominated for the Turner Prize and won a BAFTA* for “The House of Osama bin Laden” the trilogy of artworks they made after their return to London.
Major permanent art works by Langlands & Bell in the public realm include Moving World (Night & Day) 2008, London Heathrow Terminal 5; Call & Response, 2012, Porte de Vincennes, Paris, and Beauty < Immortality 2016, Piccadilly Circus Underground station, London.
The solo exhibition “Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe” marking 40 years of their artistic collaboration opened at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 21 March – 10 June 2018. A major solo exhibition of their work will open at Sir John Soane's Museum, London, in early 2020.
*BAFTA : British Academy of Film & Television Arts prize for Interactive Arts Installation. 2004.