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Sam Belinfante

Academic Fellow in Fine Art and Curatorial Practice

0113 343 1823

Fine Art Building, Room 2.04

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BA, Leeds. MA, UCL, PhD, Leeds.


Sam Belinfante (born 1983) is an artist living and working in London.

Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle; The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, both 2015 and the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include The Full Gamut at Camden Arts Centre (2015) and Corpus Sonus, at Whitechapel Gallery (2015). Recently Belinfante won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open. His exhibition Listening opened at BALTIC 39 in September 2014 and toured to the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery; and Firstsite and Art Exchange, Colchester.


Fine Art Studio Module Leader (Level 3)
Curator, Project Space

Research Projects & Grants

2013 Project grant with Bruce McLean, The Changing Room, Elephant Trust, UK
Project grant, The Voice and the Lens, Arts Council England, UK
Project grant with Simon Lewandowski, Palindrone Jukebox, Elephant Trust, UK
2012 Project grant with James Weeks and EXAUDI, Mural, Hinrichsen Foundation, UK
Project grant with Simon Lewandowski, The Reversing Machine, Arts Council England, UK

Research Centres & Groups

Director: Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation

PhD Thesis

The Voice and the Lens is a study of the interconnecting technologies that constitute contemporary audio-visual installations. The thesis focuses on how these technologies ‘face’ each other – how they are positioned both towards one another and in confrontation. These technologies necessarily include our own corporeal apparatus, and by interrogating ‘the voice’ the human body is inevitably mobilised. Of fundamental importance to the study is the way in which accepted audio-visual relationships can be displaced while drawing attention to the originative gesture: new sights and sounds are created in the process.

The Voice and the Lens is deliberately iconoclastic in that it seeks to break down a range of physical and theoretical boundaries encapsulating the work. This, I argue, is something that is already being done by sound and its audience in the gallery. This project, therefore, is a study of the spaces, surfaces and technologies that riddle audio-visual installations – topographies that permeate both the work and body.

Professional Practice

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London, UK
2011 A Bocca Chiusa, Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
2010 Sam Belinfante: Three Works, Southard Reid, London, UK

Selected Performances and Screenings

2015 ‘Corpus Sonus’, The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2014 ‘Focus’, The Voice and the Lens, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
‘Mural’, with James Weeks and EXAUDI, Spitalfields Festival, London, UK
‘The Changing Room’, with Bruce McLean, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
2013 ‘The Changing Room’, with Bruce McLean, Merevale Hall, Warwickshire, UK
‘Stop, Look, Listen!’, Art Licks Weekend, Old St Roundabout, London, UK
2012 ‘Slow Boat’ with IYP and Propeller, IKON and Chisenhale Galleries, Birmingham and London, UK
‘Corpus Sonus’, with Musarc, A Sonic View, Bold Tendencies, London, UK, Antistrophe, V22, …London, UK and Late Night Live: Landmark, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK,
‘The Blue Bird’, with Musarc, OMA/Progress, Barbican Centre, London, UK
2011 ‘A Cut A Scratch A Score: a comic opera in three parts’, with Bruce McLean and David Barnett, …Cooper Gallery, Botanic Gardens and City Square, Dundee, UK
‘Stimmung’, Restless Times, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London UK
‘The Taos Hum’, A Bocca Chiusa, Dan Graham Pavillion, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Penumbra, mima, Middlesbrough, UK
‘The Gorge, The Plain, The Mountain’, Point of Conversation, 918 Bathurst, Toronto, CA
2010 ‘The Taos Hum’, Be Glad for the Song Has No End, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
‘Aria’, with Linda Hirst and BlahBlahBlah, BALTIC Gallery, Gateshead, UK
‘Penumbra’, Scratch Nights, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
‘A Hot Potato on a Dark Background’, with Bruce McLean, TESTBED1, London, UK
2009 ‘A Christmas Gift for You’, Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Tate Live, Tate Modern, London, UK
‘Penumbra’, Process New Music and Arts Festival, Vilnius, LT
The View from Here, Radio Drama, BBC World Service, International Broadcast
2008 ‘Rhizome’, with Neil Luck, BIG DRAW National Launch, Wellcome Trust, London, UK
‘Tube Lines’, Brilliant Noise, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London. UK
‘Arco’, Sonic Arts EXPO, The Basement, Brighton, UK

Group Exhibitions

2015 The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, UK
The Curves of the Needle, Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK
2014 Foam, Project Number and AND/OR, London, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and One …Thorseby Street, Nottingham
Axolotl, MODEL, Liverpool, UK
The Reversing Machine, with Simon Lewandowski, The Tetley, Leeds, UK
2013 Copy, Paper Gallery, Manchester, UK
2012 The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Pieces of Eight, Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK
Fantastiche Zeitmachinen, Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin, DE
East Wing X: Material Matters, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
2011 A Cut A Scratch A Score: a comic opera in three parts, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, UK
2010 Henji (Trace), Sanhe Museum, Hangzhou, CN
Cage Mix: Sculpture and Sound, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2009 Notes on a Return, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Giatrokou 28…, REMAP 2, parallel to the 2nd Athens Biennial, Athens, GR
Interplay, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK
Fair Play by Foul Means, Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
2008 Illumination, Interval at the Servicepoint Building, Manchester, UK
Postgraduate Printmaking in London, Clifford Chance, London, UK
Taenu (Trace), tactileBOSCH, Cardiff, UK
2007 Trace, Stoltzestrasse 11, Frankfurt, DE

Curated Projects

2014 – 2016 Curator, Listening, Hayward Gallery Touring; BALTIC 39, Newcastle; Bluecoat, Liverpool, SITE and SIA Gallery, Sheffield and First Site, Colchester, UK
2014 Curator, The Voice and the Lens, Whitechapel Gallery, Rich Mix and Spitalfields Festival
2012 Curator, with Third Ear, The Voice and the Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Curator, with Project Space Leeds, Of Eight Pieces, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, UK
2010 – 2011 Curator (Public Programs), John Cage: Everyday is a Good Day, Hayward Gallery Touring; BALTIC, Gateshead; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield; Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea and Hayward, London, UK
Founding Editor, Turn Press, Publishers of Artists’ Books, London, UK
2010 Curator, with boyleANDshaw, The Scuttler, for Live Weekends, ICA, London, UK
Curator, ‘Loops’, Shall I Stay or Shall I Go?, Chelsea Space, London, UK
2009 Founding Editor, Soundbox; Sound and Performance Archive, www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/soundbox
Curator, The View from Here, Slade Research Centre/ BBC Bush House, London, UK
Curator, with Neil Luck, The Voice and Nothing More, Slade Research Centre, London, UK
2008 Curator, with Neil Luck, Notations, Slade Research Centre, London/ Resonance 104.4 FM, UK




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