Benjamin Burns is a multimedia artist, sound designer, and poet from Sligo, who has also lived in Cork and Dublin. In 2014 he released an album entitled Beacons in the Storm, under the moniker Pandy Corporation, which fused ambient soundscapes with field-recordings of the natural world. He was joint-winner of the All-Ireland Poetry Slam 2016, going on to represent Ireland in the 2017 European Poetry Slam in Brussels. In 2019 he released his debut single, Single Use Plastic, a techno-pop song written from the perspective of a piece of non-recyclable plastic waste. Recently, Benjamin has enjoyed working collaboratively on a number of projects: as sound designer/composer for the play Wishful Thinking by Shaunna Lee Lynch, which premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019; as sound designer for The Sprawling Octopus of an Elevated Highway, directed by Michelle Delea, a documentary about a group of architects in the 1960s who opposed the construction of an elevated highway over Cork City; and as filmmaker and sound designer for Gull, curated and directed by Shanna May Breen, a multi-disciplinary piece about Dublin’s Seagulls which premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2022. Benjamin’s short film Poppy Star was screened at IndieCork Film Festival 2020, and his documentary film Pied Wagtail was screened at IndieCork 2021. Benjamin has a H. Dip in Montessori Education, and spent five years working as a preschool teacher. He recently completed an M.Phil. in Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College, Dublin, receiving the grade of distinction.
Below is a collection of links to previous events, performances, productions, and interviews: