Sperm Drawings (May 2014) | Ben Wells
Drawings created by tracking the movement of my sperm. Sperm acts as body extensions, moving independently and separately from the body. The sperm has the potential to create both a new physical body and a new ‘body’ of work. These drawings are created from seven seconds of footage, representing that a sperm can survive, and has the potential to create in the fallopian tubes for up to seven days.
Creation of Sperm Drawings

Sperm Drawings (May 2014) | Ben Wells

Drawings created by tracking the movement of my sperm. Sperm acts as body extensions, moving independently and separately from the body. The sperm has the potential to create both a new physical body and a new ‘body’ of work. These drawings are created from seven seconds of footage, representing that a sperm can survive, and has the potential to create in the fallopian tubes for up to seven days.

Creation of Sperm Drawings

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Sperm Drawings (May 2014) | Ben Wells

Drawings created by tracking the movement of my sperm. Sperm acts as body extensions, moving independently and separately from the body. The sperm has the potential to create both a new physical body and a new ‘body’ of work. These drawings are created from seven seconds of footage, representing that a sperm can survive, and has the potential to create in the fallopian tubes for up to seven days.

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Projected Microscopic Body Collages (April 2014) | Ben Wells

By projecting the collages onto a body I wanted to contrast the internal and external body. If the projection was on a live body in a gallery setting the audience would experience the collages in a much more physical way, it would enable them to simultaneously explore the internal and the external body.

Microscopic Body Collages

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Microscopic Body Collages - Blood, Semen & Hair (April 2014) | Ben Wells

The fluids I used wouldn’t usually mix inside the body, this mixing has occurred outside of the body, (the fluids have overcome our single embodiment). On a microscopic level the moving sperm cells make it evident that part of the collage is living.

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Body Fluid Collages - Blood, Saliva, Semen & Urine (April 2014) | Ben Wells

The fluids I used wouldn’t usually mix inside the body, this mixing has occurred outside of the body, (the fluids have overcome our single embodiment). Body fluids show no distinct individuality upon appearance, this highlights the shared experience of owning a body.

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Breathing Bodies (April 2014) | Ben Wells

Me and my twin explored how much we could coordinate our breathing so that we would have complementary breathing patterns, attempting to appear to as one unit despite the barrier of our skin.

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Scattering My Ashes (February 2014) | Ben Wells

Scattering parts of my physical body in many places to try and overcome the single embodiment of my being.

Cremating Myself

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Cremating Myself (February 2014) | Ben Wells

I cremated my nails and hair to explore the corporeal aspect of the body and the intangibility of our being. In the process I experienced a sense of detachment from the/my nails and hair and a realisation of the partition between my physical body and my being.

Scattering My Ashes

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Pinprick Calendar (March - May 2014) | Ben Wells

For the duration of my final major project I marked the end of each day with a pinprick of blood. This process was a reminder of the passing of time and its value, it made me evaluate whether or not I spent this time well.

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Transition from a Conscious to an Unconscious State (November 2013) | Ben Wells

I wanted to explore whether it was possible to document the pivotal point of transition from a conscious to an unconscious state. I filmed myself falling asleep whilst I made a conscious effort to tap my finger on the mattress. As I fell asleep the tapping stopped, started and slowed down, this allowed me to identify my changing state of consciousness. At one point I continued tapping in mid-air, seemingly in a subconscious state.

(Original Duration 33:09)

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