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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)


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)


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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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


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



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


26.05. - 04.06.2017

Exhibition Flyer: POLYGON

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

11c South Crescent
London E16 4TL | GB


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


24.06. - 15.09.2016

Exhibition Flyer: Alternativa 2016

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

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


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



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



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London, E16 4TL
United Kingdom

AK 9

INSTALLATION: burned remains of AK 9

Projection Screen: 3.2m x 1.8m x 0.1m
16 panels (burned objects cast in Polyester Resin)
16 Sound Transducer Speakers

2 Seats (burned objects cast in Polyester Resin)
Seat Dimensions: 65cm x 50cm x 35cm

Video Loop, HD (14:25 min)

Damage & Loss | Alternativa 2016
24.06. - 15.09.2016
Hall 90B | Former Gdansk Shipyard | Poland


Ancien hôtel

Ancien hôtel

In November 2015 I stayed for a couple of days at ‘Ancien hôtel’, just below the Maginot line, in the last inhabited village on the highest road of Europe in the French Alps. In exchange I made this video to advertise ‘Ancien hôtel’ on the Internet.

"The fact that there was so much lawlessness in the way you had to deal with things just really allowed you to build what you wanted.

You really had much more control over your life than most people have!"

André Chapatte
Amsterdam, NL / March 2015
"I had to get away from the the over-regulated area of town. There is no space for me anymore. It became too normal - too bourgeois.

[ ... ]

You do not have to have a 9-5 job, living in a concrete box, standing in city traffic every morning.

There are still choices in life! You do not have to do that. It can be done differently!”

Paul Kuper
Amsterdam, NL / March 2015
"For me it was more about becoming more autonomous.
I mean, there actually is a lot of comfort in a certain amount of self-sufficiency, for example having to chop wood to keep the place warm during the winter instead of having to have a contract with an energy supplier.

And we still had Internet and Facebook! We were never cut off!"

Daniel Dressel
Amsterdam, NL / May 2015

In January 2012 AK9, an artist run studio space in Amsterdam, burned to the ground. Thick black smoke caused traffic jams on nearby highways, airplanes approaching the city airport had to take alternative routes and the event was covered by several newspapers and TV channels: Surreal indeed, like an act of war that happened somewhere else.

Everybody got out just in time.

The reason for the blaze was never found and the ground that once belonged to AK9 has been taken over by a neighbouring company. AK9 neither was insured, nor legally protected in any other way.

It disappeared with everything in it.

The only failsafe for the victims was a network of people supporting each other.

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As an installation AK9 is composed of fragments that contain everything that is left of the space. AK9 now exists as a ‘mobile site’: an embodied presence that resonates with its former existence.

16 individual panels, assempled as a projection screen (180cm x 320cm x 10xm), and two seats (65cm x 50cm x 35cm) are cast in resin. They are made from destroyed burned objects, which were collected on site before the rest went into a landfill. It is an architectural space, reconfigured and reshaped, made to show an edited version of a digital archive of damaged clips that were shot inside AK9 before it disappeared.

The Video Loop (14:25 min) appears damaged and incoherent, full of colourful glitches and digital fragments. All video clips were recovered from a broken hard disk. Bits and pieces of conversations between former residents add a layer of living memory.

At the same time the projection screen emits the sound of the video via 16 sound transducers, speakers that work with the vibration of the material they are attached to instead of relying on speaker membranes. It fills the surrounding space with its sound.

ghost |gəʊst| - a slight trace or vestige of something
site |sʌɪt| - a place where a particular event or activity is occurring or has occurred
AK 9

An installation that deals with the fire that destroyed an artist-run studio space in Amsterdam. It is made of everything that is left of that space, including physical burned remains, damaged video clips and spoken word - a layer of living memory.

AK9 is a work not only about loss, but also about community life. It is a reflection on a space in which inhabitants were meant to be equal, an alternative to life in council flats within the confines of an over-regualted city. However, these naïve ideals are also challenged by the inevitable emergence of hierarchies - and at last by the fire that eventually destoyed the space.

Amsterdam, NL / London, GB / Gdansk, PL
2012 / 2015 - 2016

Projection Screen: 3.2m x 1.8m x 0.1m
16 panels (burned objects cast in Polyester Resin)
16 Sound Transducer Speakers

2 Seats (burned objects cast in Polyester Resin)
Seat Dimensions: 65cm x 50cm x 35cm

Video Loop, HD (14:25 min)