Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell began collaborating in 1978 while studying Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic. Their artistic practice is extremely varied, ranging from sculpture and film to innovative digital media projects and full-scale architecture. Characterised by formal precision and conceptual rigour their work focuses on our relationship with the built environment and on a wider global level, the coded systems of mass-communications and exchange we use to negotiate an increasingly fast-changing technological world.
Langlands & Bell have exhibited widely internationally throughout their career including in exhibitions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, The Serpentine Gallery, and The Whitechapel Art Gallery, in London, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) Dublin, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, MoMA, New York, The Central House of the Artist, Moscow, Venice Biennale, Seoul Biennale, and CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, & TN Probe, Tokyo in Japan.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned as “Official War Artists” by the Imperial War Museum, London to research The Aftermath of September 11 and the War in Afghanistan. In 2004 they won the BAFTA Award for Interactive Arts Installation for The House of Osama Bin Laden, the trilogy of works which resulted from their visit. In the same year they were nominated for the Turner Prize.
Artworks by Langlands & Bell are in the collections of many national and international art museums including the British Museum, Tate and V&A in London, MoMA New York, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, The Yale Centre for British Art, USA, and The State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg, Russia.