02. Artists

Simon Denny

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b. 1982 in Auckland (New Zealand); lives and works in Berlin (Germany)

Simon Denny’s installations are marked by a fascination with technological advances and the development of different forms of communication. The artist simultaneously reconstructs and challenges the corporate aesthetic of trade fairs and the free-market philosophy based on the concept of permanent innovation as the driving force behind the global economy and the powers that be.

Denny is representing New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale. His work has been shown at PS1 (New York), Museet Astrup Fearnley (Oslo), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) and Portikus (Frankfurt).

With the support of Groupe Bernard, of the Concession Puissant, Harley Davidson Grand Lyon, partners of the 13th Biennale de Lyon, and Petzel Gallery, New York

© Calla HENKEL / Max PITEGOFF


Works


La vie moderne

The personnal effects of Kim Dotcom, 2014

The installation that Simon Denny has re-adapted for the Biennale consists of a complete inventory of the items confiscated on 20 January 2012 by the New Zealand police on orders from the FBI, from Kim Schmitz, a.k.a. Kim Dotcom, who was sentenced for intellectual property infringement, money laundering and racketeering – crimes he was said to have committed through his file sharing platform Megaupload. Denny’s installation is in the image of the Internet; it consists of links that generate a discontinuous flow of images, ideas and information: court sentences available on the Internet, lists of confiscated items transferred onto canvas (graffitied with a French translation for the Lyon exhibition), luxury cars, jet skis, and even a life-size effigy of the Predator from the film of the same name. Lying somewhere between truth and fiction, The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom says a number of things about the free world: about the confusion between private life and the illegality of legal procedures being delegated to private companies under cover of state sovereignty.

Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Buchholz, Berlin / Cologne

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Simon Denny
The personnal effects of Kim Dotcom - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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The personnal effects of Kim Dotcom - 2014
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Simon Denny
The personnal effects of Kim Dotcom - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière