Primitive Accumulation records the creative collaboration between artist Dan Davis and critic Arne De Boever, as well as a few guest artists (listed below). Davis was born in Indiana in 1978 and lives and works in London. De Boever was born in Ronse (Belgium) in 1980 and lives and works in (and around) Los Angeles. They met in Berlin in 2008. In 2009, De Boever wrote an essay titled “Elements of Dan Davis” for the catalog of Davis’ first solo-exhibition in London, Halcyon.

Unless otherwise indicated, all texts on the site are by Arne De Boever. Images are attributed at the end of each text entry, in the reference section. Should you like to reproduce or circulate any of Primitive Accumulation’s images or texts, please do so by acknowledging this site.

Guest Artists:

Argue but Obey

Alex Robbins was born in Northern California, USA in 1978. He lives and works in London. Robbins graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2006. Recent exhibitions include, “2010.2” MOT International, London, “A Patch of Grass Painted to Look Like a Rock” IPS Gallery, Belgium; “Part One” Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Norway; “Wood, plaster and lead do not conduct electricity” Fold Gallery, London; “New Work” V22 Ashwin Street, London; “Summer School” IBID Projects, London; “Sunday” FormContent, London; “ANTICIPATION” One One One, London and “Transformer” Woburn Square Research Center, UCL, London.

The Orchestra is a proposal for an outdoor exhibition space that will hopefully be realized within the artist’s lifetime. For the moment it exists in the digital rendering program Maya, within the computer of Dan Davis. Soon it will take material form in a series of architectural models. The name The Orchestra was decided upon because it refers to both a body of people and an architectural space, originating from a section of the outdoor theatres built for Greek tragedy.

Apparatus (a double feature)

Richard T. Walker is a British artist currently living and working in San Francisco. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2005 and has since been exhibiting internationally. He is currently Advising at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and will attend both the Djerassi Residency and Headlands Center For the Arts Residency in 2010. Spoken dialogue, text, and original music compositions culminate in his work to construct video- and photography-based projects that investigate complex relationships between language, the environment, and the self. In using a contemporary meditation on Romantic landscape and the Romantic individual Walker visually constructs and reveals inherent failures in language that highlight fickle inconsistencies within the current human condition. He will have a solo exhibition at Angels Gallery, Barcelona in May 2010. Richard is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery with a solo show scheduled for March 2011.

Take Care/Up Yours

Julia Prezewowsky was born in Berlin in 1982. She studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and is a founding member of the artist collective Transidency. Prezewowsky’s work ranges from installations and sculptures to performance. Since 2010 she is represented by Stedefreund Berlin.

Kymberley Ward graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 2006 and is a current participant of Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin. Alongside being a founding member of Transidency, she works as a performance artist: there is a lot of fluster, sweat and rushing involved in this façade of production. Her interest in the reality of modern labor and social practice runs from the everyday to the infinite, often via slapstick and the absurd. She was born in Sheffield in 1982 and lives and works in Berlin.

(Can One Ever Really Be) In It

Monica Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1980. Rodriguez received a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2005) and is currently finishing her first year Master Degree in Art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Why Work? (a double feature)

Kym Ward, Die Scheiß Ideologie deiner Nation, Performance, 2010

The artist, an over-excitable toilet attendant, gave a short lecture on the differences between toilets in England, France, and Germany, based on a quote by Slavoj Žižek. An intimate performance for only one (possibly desperate) person, the attendant expounded on an ideology of shit before leaving the visitor alone to do their business. The performance was given a monetary value by the tip that visitors left on a flowery plate.

Linda Franke and Kym Ward, Sketch For a Short Film, 2010

Seen continuously running in and out of various part time jobs, the protagonist repeatedly changes work attire on the go.

Please Touch

Alex Robbins was born in Northern California, USA in 1978. He lives and works in London. Robbins graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2006. Recent exhibitions include, “2010.2” MOT International, London, “A Patch of Grass Painted to Look Like a Rock” IPS Gallery, Belgium; “Part One” Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Norway; “Wood, plaster and lead do not conduct electricity” Fold Gallery, London; “New Work” V22 Ashwin Street, London; “Summer School” IBID Projects, London; “Sunday” FormContent, London; “ANTICIPATION” One One One, London and “Transformer” Woburn Square Research Center, UCL, London.

InhumanB-Sides and Rarities, Who Will Operate the Flesh Machine?, and Mere Life versus More Life

Willem Weissman was born in 1977 in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and lives and works in London.

The Silence of the Law

Martijn Hendriks is a Dutch artist who works across a variety of media including sculpture, installation, and video. In 2008 he received the international Kraft Prize for New Media for his ongoing work Untitled (The Birds Without the Birds), shown in the group exhibition When Absence Becomes Presence at Washington Project for the Arts. His work has been shown widely in Europe and the US. Upcoming exhibitions in 2010 include group shows at the New Museum in New York City, the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Smart Project Space in Amsterdam and Kunsthalle Lissabon in Lisbon. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

The image featured on Primitive Accumulation is part of a series of single channel videos resulting from an ongoing attempt to digitally remove every bird from Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963).

Long Love and “Family Viewing”

Malene Dam was born in Herning, Denmark, in 1983. She started her joint BA/MFA degree in 2005 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is finishing her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where she is currently a first-year student. Malene’s approach to film is characterized by her interest in conceptual filmic investigations of intimacy and the problems of the representation and documentation of intimate relations and their complex enunciative positions. As an artist she is also engaged in an array of issues related to contemporary society, recently with a strong focus on the histories of feminism, education, and conflict. The latter was subject to an artistic investigation in a large exhibition on war that she curated with a colleague in Copenhagen in the Spring of 2010.

Aesthetic Education (or, On Learning How to Swim)

Jumana Manna (b. 1987) was educated at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and The National Academy of the Arts, Oslo. This autumn she is attending the MA in Aesthetics and Politics program at CalArts, Los Angeles. Her recent exhibitions include the inauguration of a public sculpture with Kunsthall Oslo, two shows in New York City, at Postmasters and Sue Scott Gallery respectively, PREVIEW BERLIN with Galleri Maria Veie, and IFA Gallery in Stuttgart and Berlin.  Manna was short listed for the Qattan Young Palestinian Artist Award as well as DnB Sparebankstiftelsen’s 2010 award.

Aesthetic Acts

Amy Howden-Chapman is a New Zealand-born artist and writer, currently living in Los Angeles where she is completing her Master’s Degree in Art at the California Institute of the Arts. She is part of performance duo Raised By Wolves along with Biddy Livesey. Recent projects include The Elysian Park Museum of Art’s History of Climate Change, A Guided Tour of the Collection. In 2009, she was commissioned by the City Gallery Wellington to produce The Flood, My Chanting, a One Day Sculpture project (for more information, see: http://www.onedaysculpture.org.nz/ODS_artistdetail.php?idartist=9).

Presentation

Andrew Palmer

Transitional Technological Objects and New Wounds

In his work, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen explores painterly space, drawing inspiration from the built environment via photography and models. His most recent solo exhibition, “Meditations on the Uncanny”, 2010, comprised paintings in which he explored the uncanny and its different dimensions of meaning in architectural space.

Havsteen-Mikkelsen’s work is permeated by an acute interest in how architectural structures function as extensions of human consciousness while testifying to the contemporary understanding of human life and agency. Havsteen-Mikkelsen presents built environments as sites of conflict for the subject, the architectural structures being the visual representation of the desires and (un)conscious drives of the perceiving-thinking body.

Post/Card/Script

Nick Goss

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