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Simon Denny

Blockchain Future States trade fair booth with custom postage stamp: Digital Asset [with Linda Kantchev]

2016, 300 x 410 x 305 cm, installation

Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz Cologne, Berlin, New York.

How companies at the forefront of private digital monetary platforms brand themselves and communicate?  Simon Denny created a trade-fair-like information booth and a fictional postage stamp for several leading blockchain companies, which individually embodied a possible future direction for crypto.  

In Ljubljana, one of these booths is on display, featuring the blockchain company Ethereum.

Simon Denny (b. 1982 in Auckland, NZ, lives and works in Berlin) graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He makes exhibitions that unpack the social and political implications of the technology industry and the rise of social media, star-up culture, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, using a variety of media including installation, sculpture, print and video. His recent exhibitions explore the implications of blockchain technology on sovereignty. Recent solo exhibitions include K21– Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2020); Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Tasmania (2019); MOCA, Cleveland (2018); OCAT, Shenzhen (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014) MUMOK, Vienna (2013); Kunstverein Munich (2013). He represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. His works are represented in institutional collections, including Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, (Düsseldorf), MoMA (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Kunsthaus Zürich (Zürich), Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Berlin) and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington).