‘Langlands & Bell: Ideas of Utopia’ presents works of art which examine attempts – knowing and unknowing – to create utopias whether domestic, religious, social or commercial. The exhibition also considers Charleston as an important place of early modernist social experimentation and questions a building’s power to unite us, separate us, protect us, and inspire thought and creativity.
Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell’s ongoing partnership began in 1978 while they were still at art school. They have been working together ever since using a range of media including film and video, digital media projects, sculpture, installation, prints, and architecture.
Their work explores the social, cultural and geographical relationship we have with buildings, objects and systems of communication. Central to their practice is an enduring interrogation of the ever-changing role of architecture, interiors, technology and design.
From their first-ever collaboration on the installation Kitchen (1978) to their more recent series Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe (2018), the exhibition brings together works spanning their entire career.