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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

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e.    mail(at)danieldressel.com


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

POLYGON


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



POLYGON
26.05. - 04.06.2017
Cody Dock | London, GB

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

Taking a Stance

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

-prep-
25.07. - 10.08.2015
Vishniy Volochek, RU

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.”


www.fightzonelondon.co.uk
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
April 2017 / London, GB
POLYGON

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.


Newham / London, GB
April - July 2016
POLYGON

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