David Blandy (UK)
Daata Editions
Video / 01:06 / color
Edition of 20

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About the work

An edition of this work has been acquired by the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, Kiasma and the Julia Stoschek Collection. This video, a pixelated version of the artist, as though exited from an old computer game, walks through landscapes which are adaptations and combinations of paintings by the 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.

About the artist

Portrait Claire Barrett

Portrait Claire Barrett

David Blandy

Born in 1976, lives and works in Brighton & London

David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that inform and influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga. His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the wide, disparate sources that provide his (and our own) individualist sense of self. He is currently working on a New Geographies Commission for Focal Point Gallery, Southend-in-Sea. He has been selected for the Film London Jarman Video Award for his collaborative practice with Larry Achiampong.

His collaborative practice with Larry Achiampong is jointly represented by Coppefield & Seventeen Gallery

Blandy investigates the different modes of popular moving-image; such as television series, documentaries, anime, music videos, video confessionals and computer game narratives. Within each work he places himself as the alienated subject in a prefabricated cultural landscape, traversing the visual space between ourselves in relation to culture represented through various mediated means. A recent project Helix, a collaborative digital graphic novel created by Blandy, scientist and writer Adam Rutherford and illustrator Daniel Locke, told the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy. The story spanned 40,000 years– from ancient chimera, to modern-day spider goats, to a future human being.

Blandy has had solo shows at Bloomberg SPACE, London; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; Spike Island, Bristol; Turner Contemporary, Margate; 176 Project Space, London and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. He holds a BA from Chelsea College of Art and a MA from Slade School of Art.

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Daata Editions

Daata Editions has collaborated with Artspace, for the co-commission and launch of a new video work by artist Keren Cytter, 'Terrorist of Love'. The work is available as a free download on the Daata Editions website, along with the Lu Yang and Toby Ziegler recent commissions.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US, the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany, KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Daata Editions has participated in Art Cologne, Frieze London, NADA New York, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Expo Chicago, Chart Copenhagen, LOOP Barcelona and Independent Brussels art fairs and has presented screenings and events in collaboration with Frieze New York & Frieze London art fairs, Salon 94, Zuecca Projects in Venice, Vanity Projects NYC and Miami, Soho House New York, Toronto International Film Festival & Venice Film Festival, Art Basel in Miami Beach, while artworks from Daata Editions Season One have formed part of exhibitions at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway & Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, UK. Daata participates in discussions and dialogues at venues worldwide including the NY Times conference Art for Tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, Soho Houses London and NY along with talks at the various art fairs.

Daata Editions has received significant interest from the press, with media including The New York Times, Art in America, Elephant Magazine, Vogue and ArtTactic to have presented features on the project and its impact on the marketplace. In addition, art writers and curators Andrew Goldstein, Lindsay Howard, Anton Haugen, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Lucy Chinen, Courtney Malick and Loreta Lamargese have presented texts, reflecting on different aspects of Daata Editions.

Daata Editions has a dedicated section on the platform, 'Curated', through which guest curators (individuals, galleries and arts organisations) introduce new artists' works, in a way that promotes a creative dialogue between the platform and contemporary art practices, and introduces artist to the site and offer a context. Curators include: yours mine & ours, Metaphysics, Zata Banks, Legacy Russell, Katherine Finerty, New Contemporaries, Gutter Records, bitforms gallery.