Simon Denny

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The blockchain is Janus-faced. On one side its traits of transparency and decentralization promise much in terms of fairness and accountability, but on the other its monetary roots born as a financial payment system, albeit grounded in open-source software, mean its implementations are often stridently capitalistic. Furthermore, those involved in its development seem to oscillate between radical ethical standpoints and reductionist technological determinism. The blockchain engenders what has been called a ‘digital metalism’1 with the ability, like a modern philosopher’s stone, to transmutate life through a distributed ledger. That such a pecuniary minded technology is being touted as a new ...
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How did the internet go from the utopian free-for-all, open source heaven, libertarian last frontier to the current state of permanent surveillance, exhibitionism and paranoia? This duplicity is the underlying thread that links the artists, activists, and researchers in The Black Chamber, an exhibition, a symposium, an urban intervention and a publication. The Black Chamber aims at discussing the delicate and often awkward role of art and imagination in the age of mass surveillance, stressing the multiple connections between post-studio art and independent research, grassroots reverse engineering, and new forms of political activism in the age of networks. Not just an exhibition ...
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Morality is an invitation to reflect and debate situations in contemporary life that refuse clear distinctions between right and wrong, what is and what ought to be. As a whole, this project has been defined by a desire – inherent to contemporary art – to open spaces for active, engaged forms of spectatorship that are not predetermined by either moral or ideological imperatives. Morality is a provocative theme, especially in a world that is now determined by the experiences of war, displacement, political and economic crises, the rise of religious stereotypes, and the radicalization of seemingly old doctrines and ideologies. ...
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PublisherNew Models2020
We speak with Berlin-based New Zealand artist SIMON DENNY about mining of all kinds—mineral, digital, and social—as well as the extractive mechanisms that facilitate it and the power of those who conduct it. Denny’s “Mine” exhibition is currently on view at K21 in Düsseldorf (through 17 Jan 2021) and on the institution’s Minecraft server until… the internet comes to an end? This item is publicly available as part of the Library Stack Public Branch at NN Contemporary Art.
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PublisherDroste Effect2017
Is our society busy with technological determinism? And how is contemporary art building social and cultural alternatives? In this perspective, technological innovation is observed in its social consequences and shaped by society itself. This paper tries to address these questions through the artistic practice of New Zealand artist Simon Denny, who we have followed and interviewed during the Political Populism exhibition at Vienna’s Kunsthalle.
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PublisherKunsthalle Wien2015
The exhibition The Future of Memory is accompanied by an e-book, available as a free download here. The publication introduces essays by Clint Burnham, Michael Connor, and Nicolaus Schafhausen, alongside a detailed presentation of the works exhibited in the show, written by co-authors Marie Egger, Emilie Lauriola and Vanessa Joan Müller. Digital communication and virtual interlacing shape our world today and influence our collective memory. Remembering the past, experiencing the present and imagining the future all meld to become part of a seemingly equivalent imagery in digital space. The Future of Memory critically challenges constructions of reality and investigates the conditions ...

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