Benjamin Gaulon, Artist, France

Benjamin Gaulon is an artist and researcher.

Ben’s research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; through the exploration of détournement, hacking and recycling. His projects can be softwares, installations, pieces of hardware, web-based projects, interactive works, street art interventions and are, when applicable, open source.

Since 2005 he has been leading workshops and giving lectures in Europe and the US about e-waste and hardware hacking. In 2011 he created the Recyclism Hacklab – a collaborative workspace focused on contemporary DIY and hacking practices. Within this multidisciplinary space he facilitates and teaches both workshops and mentoring sessions in physical computing, hardware hacking and 3D printing. The Recyclism Hacklab provides a wide range of creative practitioners with an informal environment where they can engage in critical making, and receive support for self-directed research and autonomous learning. Between 2013-2018, Ben was Associate Professor at The New School Parsons Paris, and director of Graduate Design and Technology MFA.

Since 2019, Ben is the founder and director of NØ SCHOOLan international summer school, held in Nevers in Burgundy, aimed at students, artists, designers, makers, hackers, activists and educators who wish to further their skills and engage in critical research around the social and environmental impacts of information and communication technologies.