Benjamin Schmidt

Gallery Associateat Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Midlothian,
United States
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory, Augmented Reality, Cultural Practices, Social Practice, Digital Art, New Media, Digital Culture, Digital Humanities, Ecology, Environment, Experimental Music, Games, Game Design, Gaming, Net Art, Optics, Visual Perception, Surveillance, Security, Urban Planning, Built Environment, Visual Culture, Visual Studies, Writing, Literature, Poetry

Ben Schmidt is an interdisciplinary and multimedia writer who primarily discusses the intersection of Irony, Hesitation, Visual Critical Theory, and Narration. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Religion & Culture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) wherein he researched virtual locations and identities, the art brut umbrella, contemporary Japanese society, bureaucracy, and mental disorders.
He frequently discusses the influence general (and generational) apprehension/anxiety has on visual perception and creative decision-making through the use of dislocated and hyperbolical entries about his own experience with mental discourse and optics - employing the physical, emotional, and social play as rhetorical devices throughout.