Benjamin Ord is an artist and choreographer born in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand and based in London, U.K.
His practice, primarily based in performance and moving image, explores how the body pushes against the fixed surface of a finite image, object or linear time. His work points to an expanded notion of liveness that refuses the tyranny of the present moment in order to gesture towards the transformational potential of the future. He frequently uses methodologies and forms that are lo-fi, camp and take an irreverent attitude to history.
As a dancer for over a decade he worked with such companies as Company Wayne McGregor and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He has worked with Sriwhana Spong on several video works and performances and performed in the work of Tino Seghal, Pablo Bronstein, Olafur Eliasson and Mark Wallinger among others. He has shown work at venues including APT Gallery, Spike Island, DAAD Gallery, Laurie Grove Theatre and The Place.
Benjamin holds a MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image from Goldsmiths, University of London, a MA Creative Practice from Trinity Laban, and a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of Auckland.