Ben Seymour's principle areas of research are: 1) the relationship between urban regeneration, gentrification and culture which he has explored in films, articles and visual essays, and 2) the culture and politics of contemporary capitalism from social precariousness and creative economy ideology, to art and financialisation. In addition to teaching, Ben is a writer and deputy editor of Mute magazine.
Ben's films about gentrification, particularly in the London borough of Hackney, have attracted international attention and been screened at The Other Cinema, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Leeds International Festival and galleries, local community screenings and events in UK, Spain, Amsterdam and NYC.
He has been invited to speak on issues from utopian potentialities to the consequences of capital at the Goethe Institute's Serpentine Gallery Sweathshop, Soho Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow among others. In 2003, he co-programmed a screening of three films on gentrification at The Other Gallery in Hackney, where his film 'The London Particular' debuted.
He has helped establish and coordinate reading groups on Marx's Capital and contemporary capitalism in Hackney and Brooklyn.
Publications and research outputs
Conference or Workshop Item
Seymour, Benedict. 2010. 'Principio Potosí. Modernidad y la llamada acumulación originaria.'. In: Principio Potosí. Modernidad y la llamada acumulación originaria. Reina Sofia, United Kingdom.
Seymour, Benedict. 2004. An Architecture of Play: A Survey of London's Adventure Playgrounds by Nils Norman, review. Mutella newsletter,
Seymour, Benedict and Kimble, Lucy. 2003. SPECIAL PROJECT: Fear Death by Water (The Regeneration Siege in Central Hackney). Mute, 1(26),
Seymour, Benedict. 2001. DO THE RIGHT THING! - DIE ANTI-GLOBALISIERUNGS-BEWEGUNG NACH DEM 11. SEPTEMBER. Texte zur kunst, 44, pp. 112-119. ISSN 09409459
Seymour, Benedict. 2001. Nationalize This! What Next for Anti-Globalization Protests? Radical Philosophy, 107, pp. 2-5. ISSN 0300-211X
Seymour, Benedict. 2014. Art and the Utopia of (Non-)Reproduction. In: John Chilver and Brighid Lowe, eds. Manual: Parts and Labour. Osan: Gwak Sang-wook, Osan Culture Foundation, pp. 22-23. ISBN 978-89-968948-2-8
Seymour, Benedict. 2006. Text and images of regeneration mapping project in Else/where: Mapping — New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. In: Janet Abrams and Peter Hall, eds. Else/where: Mapping — New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0972969628