Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin (b. 1964, Boston, Massachusetts) is a media artist based in New York City. Rubin’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Science Museum, London, and has been shown at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, and the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Rubin has created large-scale public artworks for the New York Times, the city of San Jose, and the Minneapolis Public Library.

Recently he collaborated with Elevator Repair Service theater company as the production designer for Arguendo, an electronically mediated performance. He also developed a site-specific sculpture called Shakespeare Machine (2012) for the Public Theater in New York, and completed Beacon (2010), a luminous rooftop sculpture commissioned for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. In 2012 he received the Public Art Dialog Annual Award for achievement in the field of public art.

Rubin has worked closely with major figures in contemporary culture, including composer Steve Reich, architects Diller+Scofidio/Renfro, Renzo Piano, James Polsheck, and James Sanders, performers Laurie Anderson and Arto Lindsay, theorists Bruno Latour and Paul Virilio, and artists Ann Hamilton and Beryl Korot. He frequently collaborates with UCLA statistician Mark Hansen, and their joint projects include Moveable Type (2007), and Listening Post (2002), which won the 2004 Golden Nica Prize from Ars Electronica as well as a Webby award in 2003. In 2011, Rubin and Mark Hansen joined forces with the Elevator Repair Service theater ensemble to present Shuffle, a new performance and installation that re-mixed text from three American novels of the 1920s.

Mr. Rubin received a B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and an M.S. from the MIT Media Lab in 1989. Mr. Rubin has taught at the Bard MFA program and the Yale School of Art, where he was appointed critic in graphic design in 2004. During the Fall of 2010, he taught a new graduate seminar, “An Anecdotal History of Sound,” at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

Ben Rubin’s CV (PDF)