BiographyBen Fitton is an artist and educator. His artworks use performative interventions, text, and impermanent forms of public address to contribute to debates around the politics of presentation, participation and spectatorship. These works often appropriate the strategies and rhetoric of site-specificity to construct situations in which the relationship between the work and its primary audience is brought into question, and in which an assertive physicality of structure or text is played off against an apparent ambiguity or excess of authorial intention.
He has shown extensively in the United Kingdom and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Site Gallery, Sheffield; Floating I.P., Manchester; The Economist Plaza, redux, IBID.Projects and Balfron Tower, London. In recent years he has collaborated with Dulan Shipton on a series of temporary structures in the public realm, including GUNSGOOFFTHEMSELVES for Töne 2014, Chatham; Monument to the Excluded Middle for HOUSE 2013, Brighton; and The History Still to be Made Shows Itself (2012) & The Overbearing Mother (2011) for outdoor sites in St. Leonard’s-on-Sea. He was guest editor of issue (5.1) of Art & the Public Sphere.
Conference, Symposium or Workshop item
- Fitton B. In Advance of a Broken Attestant (2015)
- Fitton B. An apparition or an interface or a proxy or a withdrawal or a ringer or something (2020)
- Fitton B. Actions will have created dreams and not the reverse or something (2016)
- Fitton B. The Authority of Collective Decisions Will Have Been Undermined by Affiliations Adopted on the Hoof, or An Altercation Will Have Triggered the Closure of Ranks, or A Bystander Will Have Run with All Speed, or A Jamboree Will Have Measured Its Thrills, or Another Link in the Systemic Collapse Chain Will Have Been Forged, or An Operative Paradox Will Have Been in Absolute Crisis, or Participants Will Have Accumulated Knowledge and Innovative Potential, or Labour Will Have Been Distributed According to Popularity, or A Spokesperson Will Have Lurched to the Right, or A Challenge to the Consensus Will Have Been Addressed, or An Observer Will Have Opted for an Early Night, or Elements Will Have Been Depleted, or Correspondence Will Have Been Determined, or An Accessory Will Have Rubbed a Wound, or A Racial Epithet Will Have Put Someone Back in Their Place, or Livestock Will Have Been Displaced along with Their Owners, or Fingernails Will Have Split down the Centre, or A Space Will Have Been Organized despite (or Because of) Its Multiple Divisions, or A Symbolic Pyre Will Have Been Made up of the Debris of Feudalism, or A Delegate Will Have Suffered from Spasms of the Diaphragm, or A Messenger Will Have Been Shot, or A Jurisdiction Will Have Been Encroached, or An Adjudicator Will Have Been Stabbed in the Back, or An Aspiration Will Have Been Tempered, or A Confidant Will Have Spilled the Beans, or Other Candidates Will Have Been Eliminated, or A Responsibility Will Have Been Discharged, or A Crowd Funding Effort Will Have Been Initiated, or An Apparatus Will Have Been Dislodged, or An Audit of Remaining Resources Will Have Precipitated a Leadership Challenge, or A Broken Leg Will Have Disrupted a Peace-Process, or A Donation Will Have Been Offered without Promise of Outcomes, or An Adjusted Itinerary Will Have Merited a Refund, or An Alliance Will Have Run Its Course, or The Effective Limits of a Problematic Will Have Been Identified, or A Difficult Subject Will Have Been Broached, or A Motion Will Have Been Inconclusive, or Material Changes Will Have Been Made to the Structure, or A Force Will Have Been Communicated, or New Thoughts and Tools on How to Create a Better World Will Have Been Given, or A Provisional Authority Will Have Been Stamped, or Someone Will Not Have Been Fooled by Their Estranged Spouse's Fucking Hipster Mittens, or An Outing Will Have Consolidated Allegiances, or Quality Buildings in Rural Areas Will Have Been Largely Flattened, or Barriers Will Have Been Value-Engineered, or Services Will Have Been Erased, or A Torch Will Have Been Held for a Colleague, or Jabbed Fingers Will Have Momentarily Blinded an Interloper, or A Witness Will Have Been Pulled from a March, or A Behavioural Quirk Will Have Stuck in a Craw, or A Managing Director Will Have Been Slightly Reassured, or People Will Have Creatively Avoided Tasks and Supervision, or The Banners Will Have Been Used as Clubs, or A Combativeness Will Have Been Both Lucid and Correct, or Collectively Binding Decisions Will Have Become Enforceable, or A Twig Will Have Snapped under a Boot, or An Insult Will Have Been Logged as Intended, or A Mandate Will Have Appeared Not to Have Been Supported by Everybody, or An Acquaintance Will Have Been Told to Fuck off Back to Sleep, or An Imperative Discourse Will Have Failed to Create a Field of Real Forces, or The Stage of History Will Have Been Mounted, or A Raft of Changes Will Have Been Implemented, or The Adherents of a Prescription Will Have Been Divided against Its Opponents, or Forms of Constraint Will Have Been Radically and Indignantly Contemplated, or A Solution Will Have Been Hammered out, or Efforts Will Have Been Made to Construct an Alternative Economy, or An Affirmation Will Have Been Neither Proved nor Guaranteed, or A Landslide Will Have Severed Communications, or A Burn Will Have Trickled through the Carcass of a Deer, or Empirical Knowledge Will Have Been Converted into Truth, or A Provincialist Will Have Been Vindicated, or An Intervention Will Have Been Staged, or Rules Will Have Been in a State of Constant Variation, or Mastery Will Have Inhered in Language, or A Wolf Will Have Been Eviscerated, or Opinions Will Have Fallen under an Invisible Yolk, or An Evacuation Will Have Been Rehearsed, or Distributions of Political Power Will Have Provided Excellent Safeguards against Unhallowed Ambition, or An Arm Will Have Been Bent Back into Shape (2015)
- Fitton B, Shipton D. GUNSGOOFFTHEMSELVES (2014)