Benno Belke (Rome, 1977) a German sound artist, sound designer and experimental psychologist, works and lives in Berlin. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Sonic Arts with distinction at Middlesex University (Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts) in London, where he started to produce sound-based mixed media installations and multi-channel compositions. He has recently started to exhibit work at venues such as the Danish National Science Museum, Copenhagen, the Kunstvlaai, Art Pie International Art Fair, Amsterdam and the Expo Leeds. Having studied at the National Film and Television School (NFTS, UK) an MA course in Sound Design for Film and Television he has worked as a freelance arthouse sound designer and composer in the field of cinema and other time-based media. In 2011 he was awarded the first price for best movie music and sounddesign at the 21st Filmart Festival MV for working on the psychodrama My Prince. My King. Originally graduated as a Psychologist, he also investigates aesthetic experiences of modern and contemporary art from an empirical, cognitive-scientific perspective. He held a position as the deputy project leader of a psychological research division at the Collaborative Research Centre Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at the Freie Universität, Berlin. At present, he is affiliated with the University of Vienna pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Helmut Leder. His articles on empirical aesthetics have been published in journals such as Acta Psychologica and the British Journal of Psychology.

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