Samira Benini Allaouat

Interdisciplinary artist investigating electricity in nature

She is fascinated by ancient technologies and knowledge that present new contemporary applications. She is also interested in DIY (Do it yourself) and maker philosophy, in questioning stereotypes, behaviours and assumed social systems, in exploring new ways of deforming and combining elements and in researching and testing simple low-tech solutions to build a more resilient future.

With twenty-five years of experience in radical urban art and moving image design, her favourite medium is the city. The spectrum of her artistic practice is very broad. Internationally, she has worked on numerous and varied performances, exhibitions, editorial projects and events, under different pseudonyms and also anonymously. Benini delves into the current paradigm shift, conveying broader aspects of the sustainability of human life and bringing a new ethical approach to art and design.

She is the author of works such as No Plug Sound Machine, where she asked herself how to make electronic music without conventional electricity. The piece was exhibited at Tate Modern with her collective Hackoustic from London Hack Space, at the London Urban Street Hackaton held in 2015. It was also presented at the Aberystwyth Art Center and at Ausland, a reference for underground culture and experimental music in Berlin.

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