Ancien hôtel


Video, HD (4:20 min)



AK 9



Dear Anna,

thank you for having me last week at ‘Ancien hôtel’. It was good to see you again. We agreed that I would make a short video for your website. I've also sent you the embed link that Florent can use to place it there. Let me know if you need subtitles.

I used some parts of our conversation that I recorded during breakfast to build its structure. All the clips were shot during the two days of my stay. There is the constant background noise of Faust playing around with his iPad - which I tried to reduce as far as possible. The video is only four minutes long, a quick edit and really quite intuitive.

I am not sure if this is what you expected, but I think you would agree that the usual promo video does not suit the place.

All the best,

Daniel

http://ancienhotel.fr/
"It is true, I mean I paint so classically,
that it's not that my painting's got anything to do with the way most people do art nowadays.
But the way I live has!"

Anna Keen
(Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage, 07.11.2015)



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In November 2015 I stayed for free at ‘Ancien hôtel’ in Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage, the last inhabitied village in the French Alps, just below the Maginot line on the highest road of Europe. In turn I made this video to advertise it on the Internet. Anna, who now runs ‘Ancien hôtel’, started AK9 a couple of years ago as an artist-run studio and project space in Amsterdam. Partly because I suggested this idea, she is planning to open ‘Ancien hôtel’ as an artist retreat, in combination with a small residency program.


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Video, HD (4:20 min / Marseille, 09.11.2015)
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ABOUT


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, 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.
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. I believe that 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.

In September 2016 I graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths University (MFA Fine Art).



group exhibitions


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)


residencies


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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x P O L Y G O N | DANIEL DRESSEL
26.05. - 04.06.2017


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

CODY DOCK
11c South Crescent
London E16 4TL

www.codydock.org.uk

Peer Session #76

PEER SESSION #76 - JASON JONES & DANIEL DRESSEL
19 APRIL 2017


organized by: Peer Sessions (Kate Pickering & Charlotte Warne Thomas)

Deptford X / 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ground Floor, Norfolk House
9 Brookmill Road
London SE8 4HL

www.peersessions.co.uk

Peer Session #76

DAMAGE & LOSS | ALTERNATIVA GDANSK
24.06. - 15.09.2016


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
www.alternativa-gdansk.pl

Alternativa 2016

MFA GOLDSMITHS SHOW
14.07. - 18.07.2016


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

www.goldsmithsmfa2016.com

MFA Goldsmiths Graduation Show 2016

DIE YUPPIE HIPSTER ARTIST SCUM
14 MAY 2016


No.w.here
316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 0AG
www.no-w-here.org.uk