Synched 4 Channel Video Installation
Video Loop, HD (60:00 min)

Min. Room Dimensions: 9m x 9m

4 Screens for Back Projection / 244 x 137cm, 16:9
8 Channel Audio

26.05. - 04.06.2017
Cody Dock | London, UK

MFA Goldsmiths Show
14.07. - 18.07.2016
Goldsmiths University | London, UK

Taking a Stance

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

25.07. - 10.08.2015
Vishniy Volochek, Russia

Muay Thai Grand Prix 3:

“This is just absolutely incredible! 25 seconds to go in round 3. [ ... ] Big shots right to the end! 10 seconds to go. We can barely see Barber’s features for the blood that covers him. And he lands another elbow! Both men covered in the blood of one! Does it get any more gruesome or any more exiting than that?”

“Love it, I absolutely love it! This is what the crowd has come for. This is what sells tickets!”

Daniel Terry vs. Paul Barber
O2 Arena / London UK, 26.03.2016
José Varela (MTGP World Champion 2015):

“So when I came to this country - it was not much to do. You know? And I said - you know - I saw a gym. I said, let me go and train! So I went and trained, stayed there for fun, end up turning a fighter. That’s how I started. [ ... ] I learned how to control myself. Before I used to get angry very quick, so now I ignore a lot of stuff. Cause you know what you’re capable of, so - you gotta stay back and stuff.”

“To train you can’t train by yourself. You always have to have someone to help you out, [ ... ] to push you when you start breaking and stuff. That’s why I always said: Whatever people achieve, is a teamwork achievement.”

Fightzone Gym / London UK, 2016

Based on the structure of a Boxing Ring, Polygon sets out to explore the complex relationships between class, community, finance and capital in the context of London’s former docklands. It draws parallels between prize fighting in Martial Arts and the relentless prize fight in London’s property market, while juxtaposing the violent image of Boxing with the authority of the financial system.

At the same time it attempts to explore an inverted structure: even though Boxing has a violent image, it is rooted in the social context of the gym. The financial system on the other hand is represented by slick facades of skyscrapers, expensive suits, security guards and surveillance cameras - yet one could argue that it is rooted in a violent underlaying structure.

Polygon forces you to move: Not unlike a fighter in the ring you have to shift your focus and body posture in accordance with image and sound panning over the four screens around you. The ideas unfold according to your engagement with the piece and with the choices you make while watching it.

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Henry Wiltshire International:

“The sales market is very stong at the moment, and I think the increase in that market will also affect the lettings market, as it always does - which means that over the next 12 months prices are bound to increase in the area.”

“As I’m sure many of you know, the London Property Market is booming at the moment. So we are finding that there is probably about twelve buyers to every single property that we are taking on the market."

"Canary Wharf has already increased property values in some areas by as much as 40%. [ ... ] As you can hear and see: there still is a lot of construction going on. So we hope that we can capitalize on that.”

What Property Investors Need To Know About Canary Wharf / London UK, March 2015
Stan Rose (b. 1910):

“And er, eventually things got so bad that I was forced into professional boxing.
Er, in the 1930s things were so bad that you either had to be a thief or try and get some money some other ways if you could, and I, I never, could be a good thief, I’m no good, I’m not that way, so I went in for professional boxing and I was - I had roughly 250 fights.“

Museum of Docklands Recording Project, DK/86/ 345/1 (Audio Recording / London Uk, 1984)

I want to thank all the members of Fightzone Gym for their support, especially my coach, José Varela, James Roach, founder and owner of Fightzone Gym and Adetayo ‘Tayo’ Duroshola, who allowed me to film during his competition at Raw Talent, Eastham Working Men’s Club, in June 2016.

I also want to thank the PLA Collection / Museum of London who opened their archive to my research, and who kindly allowed me to re-edit historic footage owned by the PLA Collection: City of Ships (1938 - 1939), London River and Docks (ca. 1920), Pola Fen London (1951) and Port of London (1924).

With special thanks to Robert Clarke, who runs a Live Music Venue and Jam Sessions at Arch1 in Newham. I also want to thank Cody Dock and Gasworksdock Partnership for their dedication, organisational effort and support, as well as Jules Shapter and GaiaNova for their technical advice and assistance.

"It's almost as though resistance is futile but there are pockets of us hanging on to that kind of independence and community - and the support within that community. To network and meet people who are like-minded. So for me it's where I find myself a new beginning and that I'm looking forward to. And it will transpose into other people's lives, yeah - it will affect other people."

Robert Clarke, Arch1 / London, UK, April 2017


The search for new encounters, complicities and alliances describes an attitude which foregrounds an artistic 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.

To take a stance in the world means to get involved on a personal level, as Georges Didi-Huberman wrote in 2009, in an essay on Harun Farocki’s work: “Lifting one’s thought to the level of anger (the anger provoked by all the violence in the world, this violence to which we refuse to be condemned). Lifting one’s anger to the level of a task (the task of denouncing this violence with as much calm and intelligence as possible).” (How to Open Your Eyes (Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom?), edited by Antje Ehmann and Kodwo Eshun (Koenig Books & Raven Row, London, 2009), p.39).

That way indignation becomes a driving force.

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.

Officially I am 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, UK)

group exhibitions

15. September - 27. October 2017 // 'Future Refrains' (Peer Sessions, ASC, London, UK)
23. September 2017 // 'Collaboration in Question' (Peer Sessions, ASC, London, UK)
19. April 2017 // 'Peer Session #76: Jason Jones and Daniel Dressel' (Peer Sessions, Deptford X, London, UK)
24. June - 15. September 2016 // 'Damage & Loss' (Alternativa, Gdansk, Poland)
14. - 18. July 2016 // 'MFA Goldsmiths Show' (Goldsmiths University, London, UK)
14. May 2016 // 'Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum' (No.w.here, London, UK)
25. January - 08. February 2016 // 'Between the Lines' (GRAD, London, UK)
23. April - 19. June 2015 // 'Collaborate!' (Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, UK)
12. - 26. October 2013 // 'Anthropozänta' (Helmbrechts, Germany)
03. - 09. July 2013 // GRA Graduation Show (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Frederik Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam)
16. - 24. November 2012 // 'Ultimate Harmony': HARD.CORE (Upominki, Kapelstraat 32, Rotterdam)
01. - 15. September 2012 // 'Žinkovy Arts Festival': HARD.CORE (Žinkovy, West Bohemia, Czech Republic)
12. - 13. June 2012 // 'Unfamiliar Parcours' (Holland Festival / Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam)
08. - 16. June 2012 // 'Hardcore / Ding-mon-seek': HARD.CORE (Amstel 41, Amsterdam)
31. March 2012 // 'Creating a Context' (Front of House, Bologna, Italy)
16. October 2011 // 'Learning to Sea': HARD.CORE (Retort Art Space, Amsterdam)
15. - 17. April 2011 // 'Open Ateliers Zeeburg' (Amsterdam)
09. April 2011 // 'About Blank Spaces': Daniel Dressel & Anne de Boer ('Slow Lloyd' / Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam)
17. February 2011 // 'Chief Noise' (Oude Diamantslijperij / Tolstraat 129, Amsterdam)
22. April 2010 // 'Call & Response' (Gallery Schijnheilig, Amsterdam)


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

commissions / grants / awards

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

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15.09. - 27.10.2017

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



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


26.05. - 04.06.2017

Peer Session #76

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

11c South Crescent
London E16 4TL


19 APRIL 2017

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


24.06. - 15.09.2016

Alternativa 2016

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

Former premise of Gdansk Shipyard | Hall 90B

14.07. - 18.07.2016

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


14 MAY 2016

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

316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 0AG



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



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