Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of works by Simon Denny entitled Blockchain Future States, opening Thursday, September 8th.
At a moment when public debate spotlights a global governance system that seems to ignore the needs of many of its participants, starkly contrasting visions for alternative political systems are emerging. What would a world look like where the collusion of an elite few would be rendered technically impossible? Can a truly inclusive global future exist?
Blockchain Future States investigates Ethereum, 21 Inc., and Digital Asset, three financial companies at the forefront of Bitcoin technology and the application of the blockchain, a decentralized transaction database that functions as the backbone of this crypto-currency. The potential widespread usage of Bitcoin as a supra national currency enables these visionaries to propose radically different visions for a new world where traditional political/geographical state formations can be reimagined and new dreams of what the world could look like begin to emerge.
For this exhibition Denny will present three different platforms highlighting the differences in each company’s utilization of blockchain and the political and ideological differences these are based on. Their aesthetic context and geo-political ecosystems are imagined through a global diagram, a community of computer Case-Mods and other sculptural infographics. The exhibition maps the myths, dreams, winners and losers of the global game of governance design. Artworks borrow their forms from the hardware of competitive gaming – with oversized special editions of the board game “Risk”, personal computer cases turned corporate “deal toys” and cartoonish entrepreneurial “players” in a land-grab for the decentralized, encrypted infrastructure of possible self-governing future worlds.
Simon Denny was born in New Zealand in 1982 and received his degree at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. Denny has exhibited widely internationally including WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussles (2016); Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2015); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); Kunstverein Munich; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna (2013); 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and the Aspen Art Museum (2012).
Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
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This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Denny: Products for Organising, at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, November 25, 2015 – February 14, 2016
Essays by Simon Denny, Keller Easterling, Amira Gad, Ryan Gallagher and Moritz Schularick
Published by Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books
© 2015 Simon Denny, the authors, Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Denny: New Management, at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
July 12 - September 7, 2014
"New Management 2014" by Simon Denny
"I'd awake in a cold sweat" by Lee Kun-hee, translated by Dan Kwon
"Think Colossal. How Samsung became the world's No. 1 smartphone maker—and it plans to stay on top" by Sam Grobart
"Samsung and Simon Denny: [T]he Refreshing Current in Society" by Matt Goerzen
"Samsung's New Management: Let's Change Ourselves First" by Lee Won-bok and Jinny Kim
Interview with Jinny Kim, a freelancer.com translator by Simon Denny
"The New Management Principle of Lee Kun-hee", translations by Jinny Kim & BRD Global
Edited by Sophie von Olfers
Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan
© 2014 Simon Denny, the authors, Portikus, Mousse Publishing
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Denny: Full Participation, presented at Aspen Art Museum, May 18 - July 15, 2012
The publication features the following essays:
"All Access: Simon Denny's Media Archeology" by Jacob Proctor
"Why I Watch TV Alone" by Pablo Larios
"Monitor('s) Matter" by Hanna Hölling
Edited by Ryan Shafer
Published by Aspen Art Museum|Aspen Art Press
© 2012 Aspen Art Museum, the artists and the authors
Published by Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln and Michael Lett, Auckland
© 2010 the artists, writers, photographers and galleries
This book was published on the occasion of the large scale site-specific installation realized by Simon Denny, at the Kunstverein’s galleries in Munich, January 19 - March 10, 2013
The project was focused on the Munich-based event Digital Life Design (DLD) and a conference from 2012, entitled All You Need Is … DATA?
Foreward by Bart van der Heide, Director of Kunstverein Munich
Interview between Simon Denny and Hans-Ulrich Obrist
"More Courage to Digital Shaping! A political Reflection" by Dr. Michael Littger
"Replace me. A Diary of Events surrounding DLD 2012" by Karen Archey
Published by Koenig Books Ltd, London
© 2013 Simon Denny, the authors, Kunstverein Munich and Koenig Books, London
This catalogue has been published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, exhibited at:
The Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
July 5 - October 13, 2013
March 22 - June 1, 2014
Adam Art Gallery Victoria University of Wellington
September 16 - December 19, 2014
Includes the following essays:
"Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom" by Matthias Michalka
"Suprapersonal Effects: The Copy Culture and Incriminated Property" by Christian Hoeller
"The Things They Carried (Away): The Intersection of Privacy, Property, and Information" by Jasmine McNealy
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne
© 2013 Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, editors, artists, authors, translators, photographers, their heirs or assigns
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Denny: The Innovator's Dilemma, organized by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant, at MomA PS1, Long Island City, New York, April 3 - September 7, 2015
"Add Reminder" by Peter Eleey
"Fireside Chat" Jocelyn Miller in Conversation with Simon Denny
"The Dilemmas of Creation" by Agatha Wara
Published by MoMA
© 2015 MoMA PS1
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the New Zealand Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2015
"Too Much Information" by Robert Leonard
"Here Begins the Dark Sea" by Chris Kraus
"David Bennewith Talks to Metahaven"
"Mary Barr Talks to Simon Denny"
Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan and Koenig Books, London
© 2015 Mousse Publishing, Koenig Books, Creative New Zealand, Simon Denny, and the authors for their texts
ISBN Mouse Publishing: 978-88-6749-115-5
ISBN Koenig Books: 978-3-86335-699-6