Benjamin Forster’s practice explores drawing, bringing together digital and bio technologies, installation and print to trace the boundaries of logic, economy and the role of the artist in art making. He received a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, and was an artist in residence at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2009. In 2010 he relocated to Perth to complete simultaneous residencies at PICA and SymbioticA. Winner of the 2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award Non-Acquisitive prize, he is currently an artist in residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre. His Drawing Machine project was exhibited in Hatched 09: The National Graduate Exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics 09 in Victoria, Canada.
Though his relationship with the BEAM Projection Group , Benjamin has developed many site-specific projections in response to facades of numerous public buildings – these include the National Library of Australia, the Street Theatre and the Alinga Street Post Office Tower in Canberra.
Forster is also one of the founding members of Last Man To Die, an interdisciplinary arts collective based in Canberra. Last Man to Die have devised several works, ranging from installations to theatrical performances, that have been exhibited nationally. Their recent work ‘The Last Man to Die’ was performed at The Street Theatre (ACT), Blue Room Theatre (WA) and was included as part of Under the Radar at the Brisbane Festival 2010.