Simon Denny
All You Need Is DATA: The DLD 2012 Conference REDUX Rerun
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

First presented at Kunstverein Munich in 2013, Simon Denny’s installation of eighty-nine digitally printed canvases references the conference All You Need Is … DATA staged in 2012. The annual Munich conference and its subsidiary events held around the globe are organized by the Munich-based Digital Life Design (DLD) network, whose aim is to bring together investors, businesses, digital entrepreneurs and other influencers in the field of science, culture and communications, in order to propose and test possibilities for future experiences and products.

The installation marshals us through an incongruous metal structure displaying canvases that collectively form both an archive of the conference and a representation of its various topics. This routing of the viewer and the totalizing effect of the depictions intensify a sense that future speculation is becoming controlled by an elite, driven by opportunities for the monetization of information exchange. The incongruity between the analogue presentation and its subject, or, to say it differently, the incongruity between Denny’s reliance on canvas and its associated values and his depictions, yields a dated and somewhat forensic aesthetic. This datedness reinforces the installation’s focus on the power of speculation to render everything immediately redundant in our digital economy, where data is the only currency.
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Simon Denny, All You Need Is Data: The DLD 2012 Conference REDUX Rerun, 2012, installation : 90 épreuves au jet d’encre sur toile, métal et texte en vinyle, 160 x 110 x 1.8 cm (chacune), installation : dimensions variables (avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste et Petzel Gallery, New York)
Simon Denny, All You Need Is Data: The DLD 2012 Conference REDUX Rerun, 2012, installation : 90 épreuves au jet d’encre sur toile, métal et texte en vinyle, 160 x 110 x 1.8 cm (chacune), installation : dimensions variables (avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste et Petzel Gallery, New York)
Biography

Born in 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand, Simon Denny is currently based in Berlin. He studied at the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts and Frankfurt’s Städelschule Hochschule für Bildende Künste, graduating in 2009. Denny was a founding member of the Auckland artist-run space Gambia Castle. In 2013 he was nominated for the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst; in 2012, he won the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel. Denny’s work has been featured in many solo exhitions, including The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Mumok), Vienna (2013); and All You Need Is Data: The DLD 2012 Conference Redux, Kunstverein Munich, Petzel Gallery, New York, and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013). He will be representing New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Denny’s work was also presented at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and the Biennale of Sydney (2008), and has been exhibited at major European arts institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Autriche; KW Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Denny is represented by Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; Petzel Gallery, New York; T293, Naples/Rome; and Michael Lett, Auckland. 

www.petzel.com/artists/simon-denny/

Videos
BNLMTL 2014 - Simon Denny's lecture