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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.


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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

JETWASH /
5min / 360°

Installation:

1) Mercedes Benz 310 KA (parked & jetwashed)
2) Video Projection: HD, loop (5min)

3) Video on 5" Monitor: HD, loop (3:40 min)
Headphones



Collaboration in Question
23.09.2017
ASC Gallery | London, GB

Peer Session #76
19.04.2017
Deptford X | London, GB
S U P E R N O V A
introducing:
S E N S A T I O N
Spectre

Future Refrains
15.09. - 27.10.2017
ASC Gallery | London, GB

“After so many stories of men who had lost their memory, here is the story of one who has lost forgetting, and who - through some peculiarity of his nature - instead of drawing pride from the fact and scorning mankind of the past and its shadows, turned to it first with curiosity and then with compassion. In the world he comes from, to call forth a vision, to be moved by a portrait, to tremble at the sound of music can only be signs of a long and painful prehistory. He wants to understand. He feels these infirmities of time like an injustice, and he reacts to that injustice like Che Guevara, like the youth of the sixties, with indignation. He is a Third Worlder of time. The idea that unhappiness had existed in his planet’s past is as unbearable to him as to them the existence of poverty in their present. Naturally he’ll fail. The unhappiness he discovers is as inaccessible to him as the poverty of a poor country is unimaginable to the children of a rich one. He has chosen to give up his privileges, but he can do nothing about the privilege that has allowed him to choose.”

Chris Marker
Sans Soleil, Argos Films / 1983








VIDEO TRANSCRIPT


When I first got this van I was told that I could drive wherever I wanted.
It is very robust and the mechanics are simple.
Spare parts can be found in almost every country on this planet.

Last time I crossed the canal from Calais to Dover
two soldiers with machine guns searched my vehicle.
It was a systematic routine inspection.
I was allowed to cross because I have the right passport.

I often feel like Chris Marker’s distant traveller in ‘Sans Soleil’ (1983).
He comes from a perfect future which lost the ability to forget.
For him it is impossible to grasp the idea,
that unhappiness once existed in the history of his planet.
He wants to understand.

The world is not a fair place.
My first impulse is to fight this injustice,
like a bird that attacks it’sown reflection in the mirror,
like Che Guevara and the youth of the sixties,
with indignation.

Naturally I’ll fail.
Even if I chose to leave everything behind,
to give up all my privileges,
I can do nothing about the privilege that allows me to choose.

These men are jet washing my van.
They have been paid for their service.
They also knew about the camera circling inside my van.
They told me that they did not see what difference it made for them to do their job.
I still feel uneasy about it.
Like anyone else who pays someone to do something,
I know that I am exploiting a position of privilege.

Just like Chris Marker’s future traveller, I wonder:
What does it mean to call forth a vision?
To be moved by a portrait?
To tremble at the sound of music?


JETWASH / 5min / 360°
DANIEL DRESSEL / LONDON / 2017


Jetwash / 5min / 360°

An outdoor installation about privilege, labour and migration. The work consists of my van (Mercedes Benz 310KA), a transdisciplinary studio, jetwashed - and two videos. 'Intro' is playing on an iMac installed inside my van and simultaneously on a small monitor hanging on the outside of my van, while 'Jetwash / 5min / 360°' is projected out of the passenger window onto a billboard or onto a wall in public space.


London, GB
2017 - 2018
Jetwash / 5min / 360°
Intro


JETWASH / 5min / 360°

HD Loop (5:00 min)
London / April 2017

INTRO

HD Loop (3:40 min)
London / March 2017