Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Ben Jones is an artist and curator and joined ISIS for a 3-week research residency in 2008.

Ben Jones has been given the opportunity by the Freee Art Collective to develop one of their text and photographic works 'Don't Let the Media have the Monopoly on the Freedom of Speech'. Through research, and in collaboration, he will bring a new context to the original slogan and develop a project that will involve initiating a social programme. The group involved will be active in developing the project and the further dissemination of the slogan. The idea being that the slogan will be something that the user agrees with and adopts, as their own, before disseminating it further.

The Freee Art Collective use protest, language and text within the public sphere, and are interested in the politicization and critical interrogation of art. Freee's slogans connect with their interest in the public sphere - the space according to Jurgen Habermas where opinion formation takes place - a space where people can come together voluntarily to debate ideas through their own beliefs and reasons.



"For three weeks, from 21 July to 8 August 2008 I was based at ISIS Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, undertaking a research residency.I was given the opportunity by the Freee Art Collective to work with one of their text and photographic works 'Don't Let the Media have the Monopoly on the Freedom of Speech'.Through research and collaborationa new context was brought to the original slogan and a projectdeveloped involving the initiation of a social programme. The meaning of the slogan was taken into account with the creation of the work, and disseminated online through this site.

The individuals and groups involved were active in developing the project and the further dissemination of the slogan.The idea being that the slogan is something that the user agrees with, adopts as their own, before disseminating it further.

Freee’s slogans connect with their interest in the public sphere– the space according to Jurgen Habermas where opinion formation takes place – a space where people can come together voluntarily to debate ideas through their own beliefs and reasons."

Ben Jones


Ben Jones is interested mainly in web-based work, video, drawing and animation, exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally gaining commissions as well as working with communities and in schools on projects. He is interested in the disintegration of traditional social discussion and debate, due to media saturation, and how it now manifest's itself in many new and technological ways.

See Ben Jones's website here.



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