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Michael Benson

Writer, Artist, Filmmaker

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 Michael Benson Biography

Michael Benson’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science. An artist, writer, and filmmaker, in the last decade Benson staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography in the US and internationally. Benson takes raw data from planetary science archives and processes it, editing, compositing, and then “tiling” individual spacecraft frames, producing seamless large-format digital C prints of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience. His new show Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, featuring an original new hour-long ambient composition by Brian Eno titled Deep Space, opened in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London on January 22nd, 2016. It then moved on to Vienna’s Natural History Museum for four months, and its next appearance will be at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia, opening March 4th, 2017. His photographic work is represented in the UK by Flowers Gallery.

His largest show to date was a 7-room, 150-print retrospective staged at the Smithsonian Institution from 2010-2011 titled Beyond. Benson’s fifth book for Abrams, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, came out in October, 2014, and was a finalist for a Los Angles Times Book Award. He’s also an award-winning filmmaker, with work that straddles the line between fiction and documentary film practice. In Predictions of Fire and other films, staged studio scenes and even animated sequences alternate with straight documentary material. In 2008-10, Benson worked with director Terrence Malick to help produce space and cosmology sequences for Malick’s film Tree of Life, which drew in part from Benson’s book and exhibition projects. The film won the Palm d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His work is also featured in Malick’s new film, Tree of Life.

As a writer Benson has contributed feature articles to many magazines, frequently accompanied by his own photography. These have included The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, and has also written for The Washington Post and other newspapers, including many Op-Ed pieces. Benson’s 2003 article for The New Yorker on NASA’s mission to Jupiter, “What Galileo Saw,” was anthologized in several places, including The Best of Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins, April 2010). Benson is currently working on a work of narrative nonfiction for Simon & Schuster titled Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.

Following this book, which is pegged to the 50th anniversary of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Benson will use a scanning electron microscope at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Facility to focus on natural design at sub-millimeter scales for a project titled Nanocosmos. He’s a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities, and Advocate for Curiosity at the Weizmann Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab.

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Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

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Michael Benson Biography

Michael Benson’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science. An artist, writer, and filmmaker, in the last decade Benson staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography in the US and internationally. Benson takes raw data from planetary science archives and processes it, editing, compositing, and then “tiling” individual spacecraft frames, producing seamless large-format digital C prints of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience. His new show Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, featuring an original new hour-long ambient composition by Brian Eno titled Deep Space, opened in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London on January 22nd, 2016. It then moved on to Vienna’s Natural History Museum for four months, and its next appearance will be at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia, opening March 4th, 2017. His photographic work is represented in the UK by Flowers Gallery.

His largest show to date was a 7-room, 150-print retrospective staged at the Smithsonian Institution from 2010-2011 titled Beyond. Benson’s fifth book for Abrams, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, came out in October, 2014, and was a finalist for a Los Angles Times Book Award. He’s also an award-winning filmmaker, with work that straddles the line between fiction and documentary film practice. In Predictions of Fire and other films, staged studio scenes and even animated sequences alternate with straight documentary material. In 2008-10, Benson worked with director Terrence Malick to help produce space and cosmology sequences for Malick’s film Tree of Life, which drew in part from Benson’s book and exhibition projects. The film won the Palm d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His work is also featured in Malick’s new film, Tree of Life.

As a writer Benson has contributed feature articles to many magazines, frequently accompanied by his own photography. These have included The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, and has also written for The Washington Post and other newspapers, including many Op-Ed pieces. Benson’s 2003 article for The New Yorker on NASA’s mission to Jupiter, “What Galileo Saw,” was anthologized in several places, including The Best of Best American Science Writing (HarperCollins, April 2010). Benson is currently working on a work of narrative nonfiction for Simon & Schuster titled Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.

Following this book, which is pegged to the 50th anniversary of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Benson will use a scanning electron microscope at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Facility to focus on natural design at sub-millimeter scales for a project titled Nanocosmos. He’s a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities, and Advocate for Curiosity at the Weizmann Institute, and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab.

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  • How much does it cost to book Michael Benson?

    Booking fees for Michael Benson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Benson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Benson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Benson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Benson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Benson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Benson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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