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, followed by one and a half years of Philosophy at the ‘Freie Universität’ in Berlin and an internship with ‘Restaurierung am Oberbaum’, where I was involved in the restoration of David Chipperfields ‘Neues Museum’ in Berlin. In 2009 I moved to the Netherlands to study Fine Art at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
When I decided to come to London to do a Masters degree 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, even though I managed to get a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 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.
To take a stance in the world means to get involved on a personal level, to denounce what causes our frustration with the world with as much calm and intelligence as possible. That way indignation can become a driving force. Combined with the search for new encounters, complicities and alliances it describes an attitude which foregrounds an artistic practice that is not defined or limited by a specific medium. There should be no blueprint, and no recipe. Every project not only has to change its shape in conversation with people, but it also should enter a dialogue with the situation and the circumstances it emerges from. 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 understand the material we work with gives us an immediate increase in power: the world becomes a place that we can shape.
In September 2016 I graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths University (MFA Fine Art).
24. June - 15. September 2016 // 'Damage & Loss'
, Gdansk, Poland)
14. - 18. July 2016 // 'MFA Goldsmiths Show'
, London, UK)
14. May 2016 // 'Die Yuppie Hipster Artist Scum'
, London, UK)
25. January - 08. February 2016 // 'Between the Lines'
, London, UK)
23. April - 19. June 2015 // 'Collaborate!'
(Oriel Sycharth Gallery
, Wrexham, UK)
12. - 26. October 2013 // 'Anthropozänta'
03. - 09. July 2013 // GRA Graduation Show (Gerrit Rietveld Academie
, Frederik Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam)
16. - 24. November 2012 // 'Ultimate Harmony'
, 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
08. - 16. June 2012 // 'Hardcore / Ding-mon-seek'
31. March 2012 // 'Creating a Context'
(Front of House, Bologna, Italy)
16. October 2011 // 'Learning to Sea': HARD.CORE
(Retort Art Space
15. - 17. April 2011 // 'Open Ateliers Zeeburg' (Amsterdam)
09. April 2011 // 'About Blank Spaces'
: Daniel Dressel & Anne de Boer
/ Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam)
17. February 2011 // 'Chief Noise' (Oude Diamantslijperij / Tolstraat 129, Amsterdam)
22. April 2010 // 'Call & Response' (Gallery Schijnheilig
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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