Langlands and Bell
Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell have been collaborating since 1978 and exhibiting internationally since the early 1980's. Their work explores the complex web of relationships linking people and architecture and the coded systems of circulation and exchange which surround us. Their work ranges from architectural ground-plans, presented as models, through to the full scale architecture of the monumental steel and glass bridge at Paddington Basin in London. They have also made an impressive body of prints and a selection of these were included in the MoMA, NY exhibition Eye on Europe in 2006.
In 2004 Langlands & Bell won the BAFTA Award for Interactive Art Installation and were short-listed for the Turner Prize for their trilogy, The House of Osama bin Laden, 2003, following a visit to Afghanistan in 2002. In 2008 they realised their most important public sculpture to date with the unveiling of Moving World (Night & Day) at Heathrow Terminal 5. Their fascination with language and its structure has been the focus of recent work. They have created numerous projects using this subject matter and, at different times, have incorporated codes of international airports, contemporary art museums, worldwide web suffixes and international financial markets such as the NASDAQ.
Their work is held in a large number of international museum collections including the Tate Gallery, London and MoMA, New York.