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



Three videos in HD on three separate Flatscreen TV's and three sets of headphones.

Video, HD (3:31 min)

Video, HD (6:45 min)

Video, HD (2:45 min)

Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum
No.w.here | London, GB

Taking a Stance Jetwash / 5min / 360°

Peter Bishop (The Guardian):

"In 2009, Clive Dutton (* 06.05.1953 / ✝ 06.06.2015) was tempted away to the London Borough of Newham, where, excited by the legacy promises of the 2012 Olympics, he saw possibilities for redeveloping the Royal Docks. Covering a huge area of land in east London, the docks had repeatedly failed to attract development since the 70s despite having had, on Clive’s estimate, at least 73 masterplans and strategies.

The solution was typical of his approach: throw away all the previous plans, write a short strategy, sign up the politicians and then broadcast it. The result was the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, the Siemens research centre, pop-up and arts installations, the London cable car, and a series of major development projects designed to make the docks into London’s 'next business district'. The work that he set in train will continue for many years yet."


Clive Dutton obituary | Society
The Guardian / 26.06.2015


a SUPERNOVA happens with enormous speed.
It is is the opposite of halting.

In 2010, the authorities of London and the London Borough of Newham co-produced a silent promotional video of three minutes length for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo: ‘London’s Regeneration Supernova’. It advertises large areas of Newham as an ‘Arc of Opportunity’ for foreign investors.

The catchy title of the video refers to the brightest light in the universe: It is emitted by exploding stars for just a few milliseconds. However, it seems to me that the makers of the video did not take into consideration that a Supernova also is an extinction event. On a cosmic scale it describes a dying star.

It either leaves a void, or it collapses into a black hole.


When I decided to come to London to do a Masters degree at Goldsmiths University, I realized that it was almost impossible for me to afford the average rent, the tuition fees, the high living expenses, and to focus on my studies at the same time without making debts. I had to find an alternative, an affordable way to enter the city.

I decided to buy a cheap old van (Mercedes Benz 310 KA / built in 1992) in Germany. Friends who work as mechanics showed me how to restore it: I cut out the rusty bits and I learned how to weld the broken parts. I repaired the underfloor and I lacked the car body. Later I insulated the van. Then I constructed a bed and a simple kitchen.

In August 2014 I drove it to London to live in it. With the help of other friends I gained access to the networks of their friends, which is how I managed to find an affordable place to park my van. Cody Dock can be found in the London Borough of Newham, right in the centre of the so-called ‘Arc of Opportunity’. My rent is one hundred pounds. Internet, electricity, and basic facilities are included in the price. Officially I am Cody Dock’s first artist in residence.


"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 fees. One needs to know the rules first in order to navigate around them. Yet perhaps even more important than knowing those rules is a network of allies and friends."

Daniel Dressel
London, September 2015


From my van I have a good view on ‘Sensation’ (2003 / painted bronze / 198 x 318 x 165 cm), a work by Damien Hirst. It is based on an anatomic model of human skin. It is part of a public sculpture trail. Next to Damien Hirst’s sculpture, you can find works by many other artists, including Martin Creed, Anthony Gormley, Mark Wallenger and Bill Viola. The Line cuts right across the ‘Arc of Opportunity’, from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park in the North, all the way to the O2 Arena in the South.

The idea for ‘London’s Regeneration Supernova’ can be traced back to one single person: Clive Dutton (born 6 May 1953; died 6 June 2015). In 2009, Newham Council employed him to redevelop the Royal Docks. At this point several attempts to regenerate the area had failed already. Prior to the 2012 Olympics, Clive Dutton designed the masterplan for the area. His agenda, but also the legacy of the Olympics, resulted in the biggest shopping mall of Europe in Stratford (Westfield), an urban research centre at Royal Victoria Dock (Siemens Crystal) and a cable car (Emirates Air Line), which now connects the Royal Docks with North Greenwich (O2 Arena).

In May 2013 the Royal Albert Dock was sold to a Chinese property developer. Clive Dutton knew that art can be used to brand and to promote a new positive image. Hence, The Line was opened in 2015 to connect these landmarks: Westfield, Siemens, Emirates Air Line, O2.


SUPERNOVA / introducing: / SENSATION

A video tryptich that explores the role of art in the gentrification of a city: 'SUPERNOVA' is the new version of a video clip produced by the concil of Newham to advertise the 'Arc of Opportunity' to foreign investors. 'introducing:' shows a van as a home (Mercedes Benz 310KA), the coping strategy of a young art student to deal with the financial pressure in an increasingly unafordable city. 'SENSATION' is a short video about Damien Hirst's bronze sculpture of the same title, guarded by CCTV. It is part of a sculpture trail that cuts right across the 'Arc of Opportunity' - arguably to make the area more attractive.

Newham / London, GB
April - May 2016
introducing: SENSATION


Video, HD (3:31 min)
London / April 2016


Video, HD (6:45 min)
London / May 2016


Video, HD (2:45 min)
London / May 2016