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

Taking a Stance

POLYGON
26.05. - 04.06.2017
Cody Dock | London, UK

25.07. - 10.08.2015
Vishniy Volochek, Russia

// a mix of rock and stone is being molten in an excess of energy
// water is injected into the liquid mix to destabilize it
// an inflated gas bubble forms
// one instance, i.e. a single gun shot, is enough to let the bubble explode
// the eruption happens in a split second
// [ ... ]







Canary Wharf Security
Canary Wharf / London UK, January 2016


May I ask what you're up to?

Sorry?

Can I ask you what you are up to?

Aehh, that's aeh - work about...
running...
on the...

Ok
on the pathway.

Ok
and aeh...
ja!

So you are taking pictures of...

Sorry?

What are you taking pictures of?

My feet... running the pathway.

I see...
Yeeess
Okay...

... and aeh, that's not professional?
It isn't like that... is it?

No - I'm a student.

A student - okay.
So you gonna be going... ?

Here on the left side on the canal...

Ah you're gonna go down to the water...
... to run that way? - ja!

Okay, fine!
Yeah, as long's I know...
It's just that's aeh...
It's a high security area.

... and - alright - there are Do's and Don'ts.
And the Do's...
... ah, one of the Don'ts is:
Don't take photographs.
... and there is the banks or anything like that.

Ok, but you're still taking photographs of your feet?

Ja!
Running...
on the... on the path.

Ok, fine.
Cheers mate - thank you.

Thank's a lot.
Robert Clarke
Arch1 / London UK, January 2016


I have the heart for fighting...
... but I don't like fighting.
Generally speaking...
... wars are fought today...
by...
... the common men
aehm
I whished the people in charge would go and fight the wars.
Truthfully...
Because I love my fellow men.
Love is all there is at the end of the day.
And, you know... you...

It's funny - in the study of Martial Arts...
aehm
... you know, wether it is Karate, Kung Fu...
... any of the Martial Arts...
... dō in Karate...
... it's a way of life.


A person can be equal...
... he can be equal on a par...
... with someone that you are sparring with...
... or having a competition against.
And...
... that person...
... might be technically a little bit better than you...
... maybe even a bit stronger than you...
But what he won't have...
... is your heart.
And just to have that heart...
... will give you an edge.
... will give you an edge - where you being knocked down...
See the thing is to be...
... if you get knocked down...
... and you get up...
... and you come back at that guy...
... and you get knocked down again and you still come back at him.


I've done it, where people have looked at me and got - thought...
... I could see it on their faces:
What is it gonna take for me to stop this person?
And I'd let them take all their best shots.
All their best shots... to not...
... knock my gloves together...
... and I say I'ts my turn.
And I'd watch the guys...
... every... with every blow...
... shrink.
... shrink.
And that's a matter of skill - and heart.
But you've got to have the heart...
... to take the punishment in the first place.
If you can't...
... if you haven't got the heart...
... then you're not gonna be able to take it.
I've had friends that I've taken...
to...
... Martial Arts and Boxing...
... and as soon as they get hit in the face with a glove...
... they say no, it is not for them.
They, they're strong, they're fit...
... but they don't have the heart for fighting.


Everything that we require...
... as human beings...
... is here!
But there is a social unrest.
You Know?
The disparity between the 'have' and the 'have nots'...
... is quite big.
Soooo, people find...
They find it hard to express...
... the feelings...
... that certain things stir up inside them.
You know, I've seen here in 2011...
... with some of the riots we were having here in London.
You know?
Tottenham
Croydon
Even locally, here in Canning Town.
aehm...
... you know prior to 2012.
aeh when...
... people were rioting, they were breaking into shops, aehm...
... you know many people lost their jobs as a result...
... of being drawn in.
You know people need to learn to agree to disagree.
That's also having a big heart.
To agree to disagree.
You don't have to...
... agree with everything that...
... anyone is saying...
... that what myself is saying.


The majority...
Which we are!
Which we represent!
We need to wake up.
Essentially...
We need to wake up.
Fractals

4k Video (Loop) / 30:00min

London, UK
January 2016



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ABOUT


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. 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 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.

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.

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.



solo exhibitions


26. May - 04. June 2017 // 'POLYGON' (Cody Dock, London, UK)


group exhibitions


15. September - 27. October 2017 // 'Future Refrains' (Peer Sessions, ASC, London, UK)
23. September 2017 // 'Collaboration in Question' (Peer Sessions, ASC, London, UK)
19. April 2017 // 'Peer Session #76: Jason Jones and Daniel Dressel' (Peer Sessions, Deptford X, London, UK)
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 FUTURE REFRAINS
15.09. - 27.10.2017


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

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.ascstudios.co.uk




COLLABORATION IN QUESTION
23 SEPTEMBER 2017


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

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.ascstudios.co.uk




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


Peer Session #76
CODY DOCK

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

11c South Crescent
London E16 4TL

www.codydock.org.uk




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


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

www.peersessions.co.uk
www.deptfordx.org




DAMAGE & LOSS | ALTERNATIVA GDANSK
24.06. - 15.09.2016


Alternativa 2016
ALTERNATIVA

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





MFA GOLDSMITHS SHOW
14.07. - 18.07.2016


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

www.goldsmithsmfa2016.com





DIE YUPPIE HIPSTER ARTIST SCUM
14 MAY 2016


Die Artist Scum
No.w.here / 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 0AG



www.no-w-here.org.uk



BETWEEN THE LINES
26 JANUARY — 08 FEBRUARY 2016


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

www.grad-london.com

x DANIEL DRESSEL

n.    +44 (0) 7917 953 264
e.    mail@danieldressel.com


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