Xenia Benivolski





Xenia Benivolski curates, writes, and lectures about sound, music, and visual art. She is editor/curator of You Can't Can’t Trust Music at e-flux.com, a research project connecting sound-based artists, musicians, and writers to explore together how landscape, acoustics, and musical thought contribute to the formation of social and political structures. Benivolski contributes to the Worker as Futurist project at Lakehead University. Her writing appears in Artforum, Art-Agenda, Infrasonica, e-flux journal, the Wire, Art Papers and others. She is based in Berlin and in Toronto.


2020 MVS Master of Curatorial Studies, University of Toronto,Canada.
2007 BFA Interdisciplinary Studio, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. 

Professional Activities


2022 Visual Art: Leading Faculty:The weapon of theory as a conference of the birds,  Thematic residency With Ayesha Hameed, Jota Mombaça, Suzanne Kite, The Banff Centre, AB (upcoming) delivering course, faculty and reading list around music, art, sound and geopolitics.

2021-2023 Research Associate: Sociology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON. Worker as Futurist is an ongoing SSHRC funded research project that explores the potential of science fiction reading groups with Amazon workers in creating new political directions. (see publications - Sociology Review)

2018-19 Teaching Assistant: JAV 200: University of Toronto, Daniels faculty for Art and Architecture. A course that teaches critical and analytical ways of engaging art history and understanding visual culture from the renaissance to the contemporary. 

2019 Guest Seminar: JAV130: Visual Strategies Enhanced Tutorials, University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of art and Architecture.

2016 Research assistant, graduate coordinator: Institute of Bioengineering and Biomedical Materials. Health sciences, University of Toronto

2015-present Grant writer and professional practice mentor: I developed multiple large scale projects for various artists and organizations.

2014-2016 Coordinator: SCHOOL new pedagogical program, Toronto, ON, Canada SCHOOL was a collaborative project with Jonathan Adjemian that provided an abstraction on pedagogical methodologies of learning. SCHOOL ran six-week academic programs in different Toronto galleries and institutions that provided discursive appendage, conceptual and educational support to existing programs.

Seminars, Conferences, Academic Lectures

2022 Faculty lecture, with Ayesha Hameed, Banff Center for the Arts, Alberta
2022 INCREDIBLE MACHINES, UBC, British Columbia.

2022 Proseminar Can Rocks Listen?Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, ON

2023 You can't trust music, SECAC Conference Baltimore, USA

2022 You can't trust music, Echoes of a distance conference, McGill University, Montreal

2021 Guided by voices, Globalizing Architectural Scholarship in Canada, SSAC,QC

2020 Claimed Moons of the earth, Specula Conference, Alba Iulia, Romania

2019 Making history, Medusa graduate conference, University of Toronto: Anthropology

2017 Proseminar, OCADU Criticism and Curatorial Practice Graduate Class

2016 Seminar, ACAD, Media Studies, Calgary, AB, Undergraduate

2016 Graduate Seminar, Guelph University, Artist Lecture Series, Guelph, ON

2016 Seminar, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

2016 Seminar, NSCAD, Halifax, NS

2013 Open Engagement Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Talks and Panels: art institutions 

2017 Feminist Art Museum, with Christine Luza at Creative Time Summit, Toronto, ON 2016 Facilitating international practices, Critical Distance Centre for Curatorial Research, 

2016 Artist talk, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

2014 The Innovators panel, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON 

Guest panels (end of year critiques)

2022 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2021 Jan Van Eyek institute, Maastricht, NL

2019 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2019 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2018 OCADU Drawing and Painting Critiques, Undergraduate

2017 OCADU Public Art Class, Undergraduate

2017 OCADU Criticism and curatorial practice, Graduate

2017 OCADU Drawing and Painting Critiques, Undergraduate

2016 Simon Fraser University, Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC, Graduate

2016 Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Undergraduate

Artistic and Curatorial Positions

2021-2024 Editor and Curator YCTM project, yctm.e-flux.com 

2017-2020 Co-Director and CuratorSUGAR

2016-2018 Collaborator,Feminist Art Museum

2013-2018 Co-Director and Curator 8-11 gallery

2013 - 2015 Co-CuratorLUFF Art & Dialogue

Selected: Curated Projects, and Exhibitions 

2022-23 You Can’t trust Music, at yctm.e-flux.com: a digital exhibition and publication. With works by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, Steve Reich, Lawrence Lek, Lou Sheppard, Julieta Aranda, Victor Wang, Sachiko Namba, Abhijan Toto, Sung Tieu, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ayesha Hameed, Felicia Atkinson, Bitsy Knox, Jessika Khazrik, Julian Yi-Zhong Hou, Tessa Laird, Elin Már Øyen Vister, Rachael Rakes, Reem Shadid, Bill Dietz, Gavin Steingo, and others. In partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, e-flux, M WOODS Art Museum, NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), Liquid Architecture, Kunsthalle Trondheim, Infrasonica. 

2020 Zanis Waldheims, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto,Canada

2019 Pickle Politics, Slavs and Tatars, SUGAR, Toronto, ON, Canada 

2017 Brick, with Feminist Art Museum. Gardiner Museum, Public Recordings, Tsema Igharas, others. Toronto, ON 

2013-2018 all at 8-11, Toronto, Canada: curated projects withSona Safaei Sooreh, Laurie Kang, Bridget Moser, Azza Al-Siddique, Dan Young & Christian Groux, Edgar Lecejewski, Derek Liddington, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Nadia Belerique, Rosa Aiello, Brittany Shepherd, Abby McGuane, Jenine Marsh, Walter Scott, Brad Phillips, Maryse Lariviere, Life of a Craphead, Lili Huston Herterich, Julian Hou, Steve Gurysh, Lindsay Lawson, Davida Nemeroff, John Monteith, Geetha Thurairajah, Patrick Cruz, Stephanie Comilang, Tau Lewis. 

2015 Flesh Marble Leaf and Twig: Stefanos Ziras, Eleni Papadimitriou & Derek Liddington In collaboration with ISET: contemporary Greek institute in Athens, Greece

2015 An earthquake at the racetracks, Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico

2015 Platforms Project: Rosa Aiello, Laurie Kang, Nadia Berelique and Lili Huston Herterich, Platform art fair: artist project: Athens, Greece 

2014 HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER: Steve Kado, Rosa Aiello, Nikki Woolsey, Harold Batista. Co- curated with Danielle st Amour, Erin Stump Gallery /Videofag, Toronto, ON


Books, book Chapters

2023 Incredible Machines, Triple Ampersand Press, Michigan, US (upcoming)
2023 essay in Soundings: An exhibition in five parts, catalog, UBC (upcoming)

2023 Recasting the future with Amazon workers, with Max Haiven , Max Gareme (Routledge handbook of creative futures) (Upcoming)
2019 Shapeshift (ed.) with essays by Candice Hopkins, Reza Negarestani, Zineb Sedira, Rouzbeh Akhbari, Anna Zett, Yanya Busse, Xenia Benivolski and Ala Roushen, SUGAR
2016 Start very quiet and get very loud (ed, pub), with essays by Christopher Willes, Hildegard Westerkamp, Christine Sun Kim.

Essays, peer reviewed journals

2022 What on Earth, te magazine, Beijing
2022The Bird Sings its Territory, Art Papers, Atlanta, US
2022 Is amazon the borg? Max Haiven, Xenia Benivolski, Graeme Webb. Los Angeles Book Review, LA, USA

2021 From the Belly of the Beast: Amazon workers, Sci-fi and the space between utopia and disaster, The Sociological Review: methods and methodologies, (Graeme Webb, Max Haiven and Xenia Benivolski)
2021 The sky is a bell; the moon is its tongue, wave 5, Infrasonica, Amsterdam, NL 
2021 You can’t trust music, e-flux journal issue 112, New York NY
2020 Staying with the breaks, Dispropriating the Universal, Muse, Wayne State University press, Volume 41. (Rosa Aiello, Nataleah Hunter, Mikey Litwack, et al) pp. 14-26
2019 (issue co-edited with BriC; year 2067 residents) Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli: Public Journal, Issue 58: ’Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms’ Toronto, ON (Xenia Benivolski, Elizabeth Povinelli). Pp 90-95
2019 The S in Smoke in silent, Public Journal, Issue 58: ’Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms’ Toronto, ON (Xenia Benivolski) pp. 112-116
2016 Night Gallery, Scapegoat Magazine, Issue 10: Night, Toronto, ON, (Xenia Benivolski) pp. 54-56 
2015 W.A.G.E, e-flux superconversations: special project for the 56th Venice Biennale 

Interviews and Art Reviews
2022 Messengers, An interview with Steven Feld, Aural Poetics, Sweden
2022 Barbara Kozlowska at Kunstverein (Amsterdam) Artforum International
2022 Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser at JSC (Berlin), Artforum International
2022 Lumbung: Documenta 15, Art papers, Atlanta, US
2022One Sun after another, Sonic Arts, Amsterdam, the Wire
2022 Signs of life, James Bridle and Jonas Staal, Artforum
2022Hectic Cycles, an interview with Chrysanne Stathacos, esse, QC
2022 Raven Chacon Interview, the Wire, UK 
2022 Toronto Biennial, Art Monthly UK. 
2022 Alanis Obmsawin at HKW, Artforum International
2021 Momenta Biennale: Sensing Nature, Art-Agenda, UK 
2021 Zanis Waldheims: Baltics in Exile, K. Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 
2021 PEJVAK: If Need be, Art-Agenda, UK 
2018 Berlin Biennale (review), C Magazine, TORONTO, ON 
2018 More materials for a 21st century: David Court, Exhibition text, Hudson, NY
2018 Le Balcon: Montreal Biennale, C Magazine, Toronto, ON
2016 Notes from an edge: an interview with Tanya Busse, Magenta Mag, Toronto, ON
2016 Rodrigo Fenrandez, C Magazine Review, Toronto, ON 


2022 Faculty, Banff center for arts and creativity, Banff, Alberta
2018 Social Justice Residency Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe NM 
2017 Land Arts of The American West, New Mexico -Arizona, US 
2017 Researcher in residence: Year 2067, Banff Research in Culture, Banff, AB
2016 Research Residency: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
2016 Research Residency: Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013 Fellow: Dancemakers Company, Toronto, ON Canada 
2012 Artist in Residence, the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Grants, Fellowships and Awards 

2022 SSHRC (with Max Haiven, Graeme Webb) Federal Funding
2021 Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Visual Art 
2021 Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Media Art 
2020 Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Visual Art 
2020 Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Digital Art 
2019 Benjamin Hart Lobko memorial Travel award, University of Toronto 2019 Curatorial delegate: Momenta Biennale, Montreal QC 
2018 Visiting curator fellowship: Frame Finland, Helsinki. 
2018 Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create
2018 International Residencies grant, Ontario Arts Council 
2018-20 Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto 
2017 Compass Grant, Ontario Arts Council 
2017 The Paul and Gerri Charette Endowment Fund, The Banff Centre
2015 Animating Historic Sites and Museums: Royal Ontario Museum, TAC
2015 Exhibition Assistance Grant: Ontario Arts Council 
2014 Visual Art Project Grant: Toronto Art Council 
2014 Travel Grant for Professionals in Visual Arts, Canada Council 
2014 Travel Grant for Visiting Curators, Danish Art Council, Denmark


2022 Locating echoes: Xenia Benivolski and Tessa Laird,Liquid architecture podcast, Melbourne AU
2022 Questionnaire, Xenia Benivolski with Julieta Aranda, Flash Art International, Milan 2021 Zanis Waldheims, by Francisco-Fernando Granados, Canadian Art
2020 Slavs and Tatars, Pickle Politics, Mousse Magazine, Italy; online
2020 Slavs and Tatars, Pickle Politics, by Anna Kovler, online, Artforum
2020 Slavs and Tatars: Pickle Politics review, Polina Lasenko, CMA Journal, SFU, BC
2019 Slavs and Tatars: Pickle Politics, by Jill Glessing, Frieze Magazine
2017 Christopher Willes at 8-11, Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, December 2017
2016 Lindsay Lawson at 8-11, by Yaniya Lee, Art-Agenda, NY
2015 Flesh Marble Leaf & Twig, Art In America, November 2015