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ABOUT


My practice is concept-based and interdisciplinary. Research and production are often intertwined. Thus I usually work site specific, often in collaboration with others. I make use of both hands-on DIY and more technology driven approaches which result in conceptual pieces, video works and complex installations.

My work deals with issues that revolve around class, identity and migration, often in search of situations and scenarios that have the potential to transcend borders and class differences through the use of different networks and coping strategies - a more positive outlook in a sense of community.

This search for new encounters, complicities and alliances describes an attitude which foregrounds a practice that is not defined or limited by a specific medium. It can be seen as a negotiation perhaps, or a spark that interferes with the structure of the world and that in turn allows others to interact with its complexities and its contradictions - an interplay of action, reaction and reflection.


* * *


I was born in 1985. My two brothers and me grew up on the German country side next to the Czech border. Hof, the biggest town in the area, used to be the last train stop before the Iron Curtain. After high school I went to India to do a Voluntary Social Year, during which I worked with mentally disabled people.

When I decided to come to London to do a Master at Goldsmiths University, I soon realized that it was almost impossible for me to afford the rent, the fees, the cost of living and to focus on my studies at the same time without making debts. I had to find an alternative, a coping strategy, a way to enter the city. My solution was to buy a cheap old van in Germany. I restored it and I converted it into a mobile live/work studio. In August 2014, I drove it to London. With the help of friends I discovered Cody Dock in the London Borough of Newham, where I could safely park.

In September 2016 I graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths University (MFA Fine Art).
Officially, for the past three years, I have been Cody Dock’s first artist in residence.

In my experience, if the system is too rigid to be broken, the only viable option is to find gaps that can be exploited. For example I had to ensure that my van was affordable but still met London’s Low Emission Standards to avoid excessive fines. Generally speaking: one needs to know the rules first in order to navigate them. Yet perhaps even more important than knowing those rules is a network of allies and friends.




solo exhibitions


26. May - 04. June 2017 // 'POLYGON' (Cody Dock, London, GB)


group exhibitions


03.August - 02. September 2018 // Join The Dots / Unire le distanze - 'Art Theorema #1' (Imago Mundi, Trieste, IT)
21. - 22. July 2018 // 'Habitare' (Daniel Dressel & Lynne Kouassi / Stifung Brasilea, Basel, CH)
15. September - 27. October 2017 // 'Future Refrains' (Peer Sessions / ASC, London, GB)
23. September 2017 // 'Collaboration in Question' (Peer Sessions / ASC, London, GB)
19. April 2017 // 'Peer Session #76: Jason Jones and Daniel Dressel' (Peer Sessions / Deptford X, London, GB)
24. June - 15. September 2016 // 'Damage & Loss' (Alternativa, Gdansk, PL)
14. - 18. July 2016 // 'MFA Goldsmiths Show' (Goldsmiths University, London, GB)
14. May 2016 // 'Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum' (No.w.here, London, GB)
25. January - 08. February 2016 // 'Between the Lines' (GRAD, London, GB)
23. April - 19. June 2015 // 'Collaborate!' (Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, GB)
12. - 26. October 2013 // 'Anthropozänta' (Helmbrechts, DE)
03. - 09. July 2013 // 'GRA Graduation Show' (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Frederik Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam, NL)
16. - 24. November 2012 // 'Ultimate Harmony': HARD.CORE (Upominki, Kapelstraat 32, Rotterdam, NL)
01. - 15. September 2012 // 'Žinkovy Arts Festival': HARD.CORE (Žinkovy, West Bohemia, CZ)
12. - 13. June 2012 // 'Unfamiliar Parcours' (Holland Festival / Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam, NL)
08. - 16. June 2012 // 'Hardcore / Ding-mon-seek': HARD.CORE (Amstel 41, Amsterdam, NL)
31. March 2012 // 'Creating a Context' (Front of House, Bologna, IT)
16. October 2011 // 'Learning to Sea': HARD.CORE (Retort Art Space, Amsterdam, NL)
09. April 2011 // 'About Blank Spaces' (Daniel Dressel & Anne de Boer / 'Slow Lloyd' / Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, NL)
22. April 2010 // 'Call & Response' (Gallery Schijnheilig, Amsterdam, NL)


residencies


April 2015 // 'Arte + Ecología' (Cortijada Los Gázquez / Andalucía, ES)
March 2012 // 'Creating a Context' (in collaboration with Nosadella.Due and Neon Gallery / Bologna / IT)
February 2012 // 'Swedish Connection' (Aspnäs, Härnösand / SE)
September - October 2011 // 'About the Relationship between Chaos and Silence' (Kolkata / West Bengal, IN)
November 2010 - January 2011 // 'Slow Lloyd' (organised by slowLab / Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, NL)


commissions / grants / awards


2015 // 'ICA Moscow / MFA Goldsmiths Exchange Programme' (Moscow Biennale Foundation and the Tsukanov Family Foundation / Vishniy Volochek and Moscow, RU)
2014 - 2015 // 'DAAD Scholarship' (Fine Arts, Design & Film / Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DE)
2013 // 'For Sylvanus': A memorial for Sylvanus Tutu Donkor (commissioned by Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL)


education


2014 - 2016 // MFA Goldsmiths University (Master of Fine Art / graduated with distinction / Goldsmiths University / London, GB)
2009 - 2013 // BA Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Bachelor Fine Art / Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Amsterdam, NL)
2008 - 2009 // Restaurierung am Oberbaum (Internship / Neues Museum / Berlin, DE)
2007 - 2008 // BA Philosophy & Social- and Cultural Anthropology (no degree obtained / Freie Universität / Berlin, DE)
2005 - 2006 // Sadhana Village (Voluntary Social Year / Sadhana Village / Pune, IN)






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x PREVIEW: IMAGO MUNDI - ART THEOREMA #1
03.08. - 02.09.2018


Exhibition Flyer: Art Theorema #1
Join The Dots / Unire le distanze
Benetton Foundation and Fabrica

press conference: 03.08. | 11 a.m.
private view: 03.08. | 6:30 p.m.
preview exhibition: 04.08. - 02.09.2018

Salone degli Incanti (former Pescheria)
Riva Nazario Sauro 1
Trieste | IT

www.imagomundiart.com
www.fabrica.it




FUTURE REFRAINS
15.09. - 27.10.2017


Exhibition Flyer: Future Refrains
ASC Gallery

private view: 15.09. | 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
exhibition: 18.09. - 27.10.2017

The Chaplin Centre
Taplow House, Thurlow Street
London SE17 2DG | GB

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.ascstudios.co.uk




COLLABORATION IN QUESTION
23 SEPTEMBER 2017


Flyer: Collaboration in Question
A Peer Sessions Project at ASC Gallery
ASC Gallery / 1 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The Chaplin Centre
Taplow House, Thurlow Street
London SE17 2DG | GB

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.ascstudios.co.uk




P O L Y G O N | DANIEL DRESSEL
26.05. - 04.06.2017


Exhibition Flyer: POLYGON
CODY DOCK

private view: 25.05. | 6 p.m.
exhibition: 26.05. - 04.06.2017

11c South Crescent
London E16 4TL | GB

www.codydock.org.uk




PEER SESSION #76 - JASON JONES & DANIEL DRESSEL
19 APRIL 2017


Event Flyer: Peer Session #76
A Peer Sessions Project
Deptford X / 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ground Floor, Norfolk House
9 Brookmill Road
London SE8 4HL | GB

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.deptfordx.org




DAMAGE & LOSS | ALTERNATIVA GDANSK
24.06. - 15.09.2016


Exhibition Flyer: Alternativa 2016
ALTERNATIVA

opening: 24.06.2016 | 6 p.m.
exhibition: 24.06. - 15.09.2016
organizers: Alternativa Foundation & National Museum Gdansk | PL

Former premise of Gdansk Shipyard | Hall 90B
www.alternativa-gdansk.pl





MFA GOLDSMITHS SHOW
14.07. - 18.07.2016


Flyer: POLYGON - MFA Goldsmiths Graduation Show 2016
Goldsmiths University of London

opening: 14.07.2016 | 6 p.m.
exhibition: 15.07. - 18.07.2016

Ben Pimlott Building, Laurie Grove Baths & Richard Hoggart Building
New Cross, Goldsmiths University of London
London SE14 6NW | GB

www.goldsmithsmfa2016.com





DIE YUPPIE HIPSTER ARTIST SCUM
14 MAY 2016


Event Flyer: Die Artist Scum
No.w.here / 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 0AG | GB



www.no-w-here.org.uk



BETWEEN THE LINES
26 JANUARY — 08 FEBRUARY 2016


Exhibition Flyer: Between the Lines GRAD:
Gallery for Russian Arts and Design

private view: 26.01.2016 | 6 p.m.
exhibition: 27.01. - 08.02.2016

3-4a Little Portland Street
London W1W 7JB | GB

www.grad-london.com

x DANIEL DRESSEL

n.    +44 (0) 7917 953 264
e.    mail(at)danieldressel.com


11c South Crescent / Cody Dock
London, E16 4TL
United Kingdom

Fractals


Video Loop, 4K (30:00 min)
Flatscreen Monitor 40" - 70", Headphones



Between the Lines
26.01. - 08.02.2016
GRAD | London, GB

Taking a Stance

POLYGON
26.05. - 04.06.2017
Cody Dock | London, GB

-prep-
25.07. - 10.08.2015
Vishniy Volochek, RU


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT






// a mix of rock and stone is being molten in an excess of energy
// water is injected into the liquid mix to destabilize it
// an inflated gas bubble forms
// one instance, i.e. a single gun shot, is enough to let the bubble explode
// the eruption happens in a split second
// [ ... ]









Canary Wharf Security
Canary Wharf / London UK, January 2016


May I ask what you're up to?

Sorry?

Can I ask you what you are up to?

Aehh, that's aeh - work about...
running...
on the...

Ok
on the pathway.

Ok
and aeh...
ja!

So you are taking pictures of...

Sorry?

What are you taking pictures of?

My feet... running the pathway.

I see...
Yeeess
Okay...

... and aeh, that's not professional?
It isn't like that... is it?

No - I'm a student.

A student - okay.
So you gonna be going... ?

Here on the left side on the canal...

Ah you're gonna go down to the water...
... to run that way? - ja!

Okay, fine!
Yeah, as long's I know...
It's just that's aeh...
It's a high security area.

... and - alright - there are Do's and Don'ts.
And the Do's...
... ah, one of the Don'ts is:
Don't take photographs.
... and there is the banks or anything like that.

Ok, but you're still taking photographs of your feet?

Ja!
Running...
on the... on the path.

Ok, fine.
Cheers mate - thank you.

Thank's a lot.
Robert Clarke
Arch1 / London UK, January 2016


I have the heart for fighting...
... but I don't like fighting.
Generally speaking...
... wars are fought today...
by...
... the common men
aehm
I whished the people in charge would go and fight the wars.
Truthfully...
Because I love my fellow men.
Love is all there is at the end of the day.
And, you know... you...

It's funny - in the study of Martial Arts...
aehm
... you know, wether it is Karate, Kung Fu...
... any of the Martial Arts...
... dō in Karate...
... it's a way of life.


A person can be equal...
... he can be equal on a par...
... with someone that you are sparring with...
... or having a competition against.
And...
... that person...
... might be technically a little bit better than you...
... maybe even a bit stronger than you...
But what he won't have...
... is your heart.
And just to have that heart...
... will give you an edge.
... will give you an edge - where you being knocked down...
See the thing is to be...
... if you get knocked down...
... and you get up...
... and you come back at that guy...
... and you get knocked down again and you still come back at him.


I've done it, where people have looked at me and got - thought...
... I could see it on their faces:
What is it gonna take for me to stop this person?
And I'd let them take all their best shots.
All their best shots... to not...
... knock my gloves together...
... and I say I'ts my turn.
And I'd watch the guys...
... every... with every blow...
... shrink.
... shrink.
And that's a matter of skill - and heart.
But you've got to have the heart...
... to take the punishment in the first place.
If you can't...
... if you haven't got the heart...
... then you're not gonna be able to take it.
I've had friends that I've taken...
to...
... Martial Arts and Boxing...
... and as soon as they get hit in the face with a glove...
... they say no, it is not for them.
They, they're strong, they're fit...
... but they don't have the heart for fighting.


Everything that we require...
... as human beings...
... is here!
But there is a social unrest.
You Know?
The disparity between the 'have' and the 'have nots'...
... is quite big.
Soooo, people find...
They find it hard to express...
... the feelings...
... that certain things stir up inside them.
You know, I've seen here in 2011...
... with some of the riots we were having here in London.
You know?
Tottenham
Croydon
Even locally, here in Canning Town.
aehm...
... you know prior to 2012.
aeh when...
... people were rioting, they were breaking into shops, aehm...
... you know many people lost their jobs as a result...
... of being drawn in.
You know people need to learn to agree to disagree.
That's also having a big heart.
To agree to disagree.
You don't have to...
... agree with everything that...
... anyone is saying...
... that what myself is saying.


The majority...
Which we are!
Which we represent!
We need to wake up.
Essentially...
We need to wake up.
Fractals

A single channel video work in 4K. A collage composed of seven different clips that loop and constantly move in and out of sync. Together these elements paint a picture of the relationship between violence, finance, class and Martial Arts in the context of London's East End.


Newham / London, GB
January 2016
FRACTALS

4K Loop (30:00min)
Flatscreen Monitor 40" - 70"

Audio: Stereo / Headphones