Benno Belke (* 1977 in Rome) works at the intersection of cognitive science, experimental aesthetics, and audible design.
His articles gained attention in psychological science (e.g., Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 4th ed.), in philosophical aesthetics (e.g., Lopes, 2018, Aesthetics on the Edge, Oxford University Press), as well as in the popular scientific literature (e.g., New Scientist, 2012, issue 2873). He co-authored an aesthetic information processing model that has received more than 2000 scholarly citations. He is a reviewer for the journals: Frontiers in Psychology, Plos One, Behavioural Sciences, Psych, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Art & Perception. He held the position of a deputy project leader within the Collaborative Research Centre Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at the Free University Berlin.
Benno has engaged in a number of Sonic Arts projects in public space across Europe, such as at the Expo Leeds (UK), Danish History Museum (Denmark), Art Pie International (Netherlands), Carte Blanche (France), and Autocenter (Germany). Most notably, he was commissioned to compose a large-scale generative sound-field for the Platz der Weltausstellung in Hannover with support from the North German Broadcast (NDR) in 2012.
He was awarded the first prize for best film sound design and music by Steinberg Media Technology in 2011.
Benno holds a Dr. Phil in Psychology from the University of Vienna, as well as degrees in Psychology from the Free University Berlin and Sonic Arts from Middlesex University London.