Helen's work was selected for New Contemporaries in 1998 and since then she has been exhibiting internationally (inc. Yvon Lambert, Paris, Kari Kenetti, Helsinki and the Centre for Photographie in Geneva). Her films and video works have also been shown at international festivals and screening events including the Commonwealth Film Festival, the Lux and the international Film Festival 700IS, Iceland, in which her film The Pack was shortlisted for the 'Alcoa' prize.
In 2001 she won the coveted Fondation CCF pour la Photographie prize and her work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Arts Council of England and the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France. In 2005 Helen was awarded The Conversation Gap Award commissioned by Career Innovation (Ci), working on narrative-based projects with some of the world's leading businesses.
Working predominantly in video and photography, her practice is anchored around intimate narratives : often understated or tacitly conveyed, and the visual exploration of the relationship between physical and psychological space.Since 2007, Helen has been collaborating with fellow researchers at the Lansdown Centre on a project relating to storytelling and location-sensitive technologies. The team have been working closely with the BBC Radio Drama department on this project and have trialled a pilot version of a Locative Radio Drama. The project is still in development and Helen is currently investigating the linguistic concerns of writing for a locative user experience.
Learning & Teaching Interests
In her teaching on the MA and BA(Hons) film programmes Helen works with:
Bendon, Helen (2008) Skirting around the edges: a creative practice-led research project into notions of resistance and continuity of life experience in the city fringes (case study area: Clerkenwell, London, UK). Interdisciplinary design and research e-Journal, Volume . pp. 1-19. ISSN 1939-4659
Helen's role as Research Artist with Vivacity2020, and AUNT-SUE was to work alongside architecture/urban design researchers at University College London, London Metropolitan University, Salford University and Sheffield University, looking creatively at issues such as housing, security, people's perceptions of safety, and street design etc.
This project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and was exhibited as part of London Architecture Biennale, 2006 and Urbis, Manchester , 2007. The work was subsequently shown at Cube, Manchester, 2007; Babylon Gallery, Ely, 2008 and Reykjavik Art Museum, 2009.
Engagement & Impact
Helen is currently working with Andy Bardill and Kate Herd at redLoop on a partnership project with the RAF Museum, Hendon. The team are partnering the Museumto devise a media and exhibition strategyto engage the public through the stages of the process beginning with the lead up to the lift (Phase 1), the lift itself, the period of stabilization at the restoration centre, Cosford (Phase 2), and, finally, the plane arriving at the Museum at Hendon (Phase 3).