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December 2012:

'The Detour Book' new book published by Moleskine


A unique collection of more than 250 Moleskine notebooks that have been decorated, hacked, sketched in and filled with notes, clippings and drawings by internationally renowned authors such as Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, Martì Guixé, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Zhang Yuan and many more. 

A celebration of the Moleskine exhibition which, since 2006, has travelled in various cities around the world.

Browse the notebooks on the  Detour Video Gallery.

November 2012:

'Autumn Almanac: The Voice and the Lens',  iKon gallery, Birmingham
8-11 November 2012

October 2012:

'Art Across the City',  A  LOWCS  International Public Art Programme across Swansea, Wales 
29 September - 11 November 2012

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Image: Dara Friedman. Musical, 2008

Autumn Almanac: The Voice and the Lens, 8-11 November was a festival and exhibition exploring the treasures of the human voice, conjured up for our eyes through film and performance. Curated by Sam Belinfante and Third Ear.

Artprojx presents ... films and videos by artists - David Blandy, Mel Brimfield, Kota Ezawa, Dara Friedman, Rashaad Newsome, Martha Rosler, Terry Smith. Selected by David Gryn

Ikon Gallery

Art Across The City 2012
29th September - 11th November

Art Across The City 2012 is an exhibition of contemporary public art located across the City of Swansea, with twelve artworks on show by a diverse selection of international and UK-based artists.

There are five new commissions for the event which include Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s Untitled ‘bird hides’ in front of Swansea Museum, decorated with their own distinctive designs; On Oxford Street, David Blandy presents The Devil meets Dylan Thomas, a videogame where you play as Swansea’s literary hero; Fiona Curran uses two trees in the grounds of St Mary’s Church for the foundations of Exploded BridgeDavid Marchant’s Cowin’ Lush panels were created from the drunken scrawls of revellers on Swansea’s infamous Wind St and Jock Mooneys graphic drawings of local icons are turned into the Swansea Kebab, situated in Castle Gardens. 

LOCWS International’s Art Across The High Street programme.

October 2012:

New publication, 'The Roundel, 100 artists remake a London icon', published by art/books. 

September 2012:

Solo  exhibition  'Odysseys' at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton in association with Lighthouse as part of the  Brighton Digital Festival, 1 -23  September

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Image: David Blandy 'Alphabet of Underground Soul' 

Edited by Tamsin Dillon
with contributions by Jonathan Glancey, 
Claire Dobbin and Sally Shaw
Art works by 100 contemporary artists

The London Underground logo is instantly recognizable, even by those who have never visited the city. Simple and effective, ubiquitous and reassuring, it not only expresses the all-embracing nature of the capital’s transport network, it also serves as a powerful brand for London itself. Found the length and breadth of the metropolis, it is now one of the best known and most fondly regarded corporate symbols in the world, and has spawned a host of similar designs from Salt Lake City to Shanghai.

The Roundel presents the company’s famous sign rethought and refashioned by one hundred international artists. At once imaginative and playful, bold and irreverent, these new interpretations reinvent the logo in photography and paint, drawing and print, collage and sculpture. Artists as diverse as Jeremy Deller, Sir Peter Blake, Roger Hiorns, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, Susan Hiller and Richard Wentworth offer a personal and affectionate take on the familiar motif, revealing in their own words what inspired their creations.

Art On the Underground

Image: 'Anjin 1600', David Blandy & Inko

Brighton Digital Festival 2012
1-23 September 2012

'Odyssey's - David Blandy'
Phoenix Brighton
10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
East Sussex

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 603700

The exhibition was curated by Lighthouse and presented in partnership with Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival, and is supported by Arts Council England.
Brighton Digital Festival

July 2012:

'In The Woods' at the Latitude Festival 2012 12th-15th July

June 2012:

'Thank You for the Music', Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


'In The Woods' at the Latitude Festival 2012 12th-15th July

The Big Screen and Film Gallery presents artist’s moving image, experimental film, live expanded cinema, VJs and DJs. The event culminates with a live DJ set from DON LETTS plus a selection of his film archive of Punk and Reggae footage on the Sunday evening.

Friday 13thCUT UP collage, montage, re-mixed footage and alternative sound-tracks includes work by Jeff Keen, Ian Helliwell and Mordant Music. Plus live film performances by James Holcombe in the Film Galley. With VJ by David Wilson and resident DJ Harry K

Saturday 14thOUT OF THIS WORLD  features a wide variety of artist’s film and video that contain abstract, surreal and other-worldly content to include Kilowatt Dynasty by Saskia Olde Wolbers. Followed by a live film/DJ set by Brooklyn based Dennis(DJ) Mcnany and Jim Hobbs.

Sunday 15thBIG SCREEN SHEBEEN shows artist’s moving image works that include music and/or dance, featuring Tracey Emin, David Blandy, Graham Dolphin and a selection of inspired music promo’s to include Orbital’s The Box. DJ Don Letts.

Big Screen-Film Gallery


20th January - 17th June 2012

'Thank You For The Music'
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100

David Blandy showed a new incarnation of the 'Crossroads' shack installation, originally commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol. 

The installation was made with technical assistance from Mirek Träskman.

Music speaks directly to our emotions. Hearing a song can take us back in time. We copy the dress of our idols, our mood changes with music. Thank You for the Music – How Music Moves Us is an exhibition on how the experiences of listening to music, watching music videos or going to a concert can appear in the life and work of an artist, a music lover, a fan.

Music is present in the featured artworks as a source of inspiration. It can take the form of a soundtrack which supports or challenges the visual aspects of the piece. The central theme in the exhibition is the intense emotional response produced in us by music. Many artists have used the aesthetics of music videos as the starting point for their work, approaching the topic using a variety of media, including video, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a song by the Swedish band ABBA. Indeed, we have music to thank for the pieces in this exhibition.

The exhibition artists Adel Abidin (Finland), Petri Ala-Maunus (Finland), Eduardo Balanza (Spain), David Blandy (UK), Candice Breitz (South Africa), Susanne Bürner (Germany), Graham Dolphin (UK), Rose Eken (Denmark), Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (UK), Fabien Giraud (France), Jenni Hiltunen (Finland), Jani Hänninen (Finland), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Petra Lindholm (Finland), Liisa Lounila (Finland), Sophie MacCorquodale (UK), Maria Stereo (Finland), Rauha Mäkilä (Finland), Kalle Nieminen (Finland), Anneli Nygren (Finland), Pink Twins (Finland), Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland), Bojan Sarcevic (Serbia) and Terhi Ylimäinen (Finland).

Exhibition publication available from Kiasma

The exhibition was supported bythe Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts

IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.

June 2012:

'Discussion:  What's On Your Mind', Whitechapel Gallery, London

March 2012:

'David  Blandy - Passage of the Soul',  Exeter Phoenix, UK

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Discussion event in relation to the Gillian Wearing exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery.

Image above: "Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say" Gillian Wearing, 1992 

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX 

T: +44 (0)20 7522 7888

Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm, Zilkha Auditorium

When in 1992 Gillian Wearing asked strangers in the street to hold up a sign revealing their intimate thoughts, she did so in a pre-facebook, pre-twitter, pre-YouTube age. This discussion asks how social media and reality tv have redefined our understanding of confession, performance and staging the self. Featuring artist David Blandy, writer and curator Omar Kholeif and Method Acting teacher Sam Rumbelow.

Feb 3rd-March 17th 

'David Blandy - Passage of the Soul'
Exeter Phoenix 
Bradninch Place Gandy Street
Exeter EX4 3LS

As part of Animated Exeter Feb 11th-19th

Recent animation, video and installations that investigate themes of cultural identity, inspired by Blandy’s passions for hip hop, soul music, Kung Fu and Manga. The exhibition includes his powerful, Hiroshima based film Child of the Atom, new animated work Anjin and his hacked and customised arcade game Duels & Dualities: Battle of the Soul.

The exhibition includes his powerful, Hiroshima based film Child of the Atom, his hacked and customised arcade game Duels & Dualities: Battle of the Soul and the first part of a new, episodic animation, Anjin which draws reference from 1980’s Franco-Japanese TV cartoon Ulysses 31 (itself inspired by Homer’s Odyssey) and the life of William Adams - the first Englishman to reach Japan and the only westerner to be granted the title of Samurai.

February 2012

Guardian Guide Saturday 11 February - Friday 17 February
Exhibitions: Pick of the Week

Museum Show: Part Two Arnolfini, Bristol
Off the wall things happen when artists make their own museums: from museums of danger, to humankind and non-participation.

David Blandy Exeter Phoenix
Brilliantly fusing his passion for hip-hop culture, manga cartoons and kung fu, Blandy's fashioned an army of revealing alter-egos over the years. His new arcade game pits them against one another.

James Iverson Outpost Gallery
The young artist's deliciously-hued abstract canvasses explore painting's seductive power and libidinal charge.

February 2012:  

'Confessions of an Otaku', David  Blandy in conversation with Japanese manga artist Inko, Asia House,  London

January 2012:

'25th Stuttgarter Film Winter 2012', Stuttgart, Germany

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Talk and Screening 

Thursday 16th February, 18:45

Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street 
W1G 7LP London

Video artist David Blandy unravels his obsession with Chinese and Japanese popular culture. From philosophical conversations with Bruce Lee to the quandary caused by loving Anime and being the grandson of a veteran of the Japanese concentration camps, Blandy will discuss the misrecognitions, mistranslations and revelations in Kung-Fu flicks, Manga and computer games. 

Blandy uses video, performance and comics to address how identity is constructed, investigating our relationship to the mass media and cultural heritage. 

Blandy won the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award in 2010. Inko was born in Kyoto, Japan, and has been working as a Manga artist, and as a culture and language ambassador with SOAS. 

January 19th-22nd 2012
'25th Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2012, Festival for Expanded Media
Wand 5  e.V.
Friedrichstraße 23 a
70174 Stuttgart

Tel: +49 711 99 33 98-0
Fax: +49 711 99 33 98-10

Location of Screening: 
Filmhaus Stuttgart
Friedrichstraße 23 a, 70174 Stuttgart

Friday, 20.01., 20:00 h, Saal 1
Saturday, 21.01., 12:00 h, Saal 1 (Repetition)

Great Britain, Japan 2010, HD, colour, 14:00 Min.
Director: David Blandy  

“There is a familial myth that my late Grandfather would not have survived being a Japanese Prisoner of War had the atomic bombing of Hiroshima not occurred. So it could be argued that I owe my existence to one of the most terrifying events of human history and the death of 110,000 people.” Generated by an underlying guilt about his own and also his daughter‘s existence, Blandy‘s film documents their visit to Hiroshima to search for their “origins”. The film oscillates between moments of intimacy with his daughter and the violent scenes of stylized explosion witnessed or caused by the “Child of the Atom”.

 January 2012:

'Let the Rhythm hit 'Em',  Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

January 2012:

'Musical Fridays', 20th January at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

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'What is Soul', 2002, David Blandy

until 15th January 2012

'Let the Rythym Hit 'Em'
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2 
10997 Berlin

An exhibition project at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, curated by Matthias Mayer with invited artists.

Can people be made conscious of art without music? Does music not give us the assurance to allow us to find a piece of art acceptable or to even urge its creation? Are we, prior to the emergence of art, already fulfilled by music, or does music drive us to begin processes of production? Vice-versa: Do we not always have some kind of image in mind when listening to all kinds of music, an emotion that forges us to further design images, objects or concepts? 

Musical Fridays: January 20th, 5-10pm

Let the music move you as you kick off your weekend in style at Kiasma.

Our free club nights linked to the Thank You for the Music exhibition are jam-packed with musical epiphanies, high glam and fan culture. 

Free exhibition entry 5 pm

10 pm on the first Friday of every month.

Remix 20.1.2012

Meet the artists: David Blandy and Graham Dolphin.
5 pm :       
Tour of the Thank You for the Music hosted by David Blandy, Graham Dolphin and curator Arja Miller. Conducted in English.
6 pm: 
Guided tour
6 pm–10 pm:
Battle of the DJs! Blandy Soul Brother v Dolphin Axe Attack, at Café Kiasma
8 pm
Music-themed video screenings, Seminar Room

November 2011:

'28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival', Germany

October 2011:

'ARTISTIC  DIALOGUES  II:  David Blandy and Nilbar Gures ', Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany 

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November 8-13th 2011
David Blandy screening "Child of the Atom" 

November 9th 11:15am

The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival annually takes place on six days in mid November to show the diversity and current tendencies of documentary work. It is organized by the Filmladen Kassel e.V., an arthouse cinema that has been an important part of the culture and media scene of the city of Kassel since 1980 due to its manifold and committed activities.

The festival presents about 230 short and feature length international documentary films as well as experimental and artistic works. Together with its further three intermedia sections, the profile of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is unique: The exhibition Monitoring transfers the medium film from the cinema to the context of an exhibition in presenting contemporary media installations in addition to the film screenings. It is complemented with an audiovisual live program in the DokfestLounge as well as the interdisciplinary conference interfiction.

As a film and media festival with an international orientation and a strong focus on new media it is unique to Hesse. Its involvement with European networks and its funding by the MEDIA Programme underlines the European dimension of the event.

Having this profile the Kassel Dokfest annually attracts both a regional audience as well as professionals of the film and media industry from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. In 2010, for the first time more than 11,000 guests visited the individual events of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, among them 500 accredited professionals.

This year, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival takes place from November 8 to 13, 2011.

Extended until November 13th, 2011

Opening: Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 7pm
8pm: David Blandy Performance

Curatorial Tour: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6pm
Guided Tour through the exhibition with Adnan Yildiz, Artistic Director Künstlerhaus Stuttgart

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Reuchlinstr. 4b · 70178 Stuttgart
T (0711) 617652 · F (0711) 613165

David Blandy: Child of the Atom
Nilbar Güre
ş: Self-Defloration

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart presents the first comprehensive solo exhibitions from David Blandy and Nilbar Güreş in Germany.

David Blandy`s solo show “Child of the Atom“ transforms the 2nd floor of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart into a movie theatre for cinematic experiences.
Nilbar Güreş´ monographic exhibition “Self-Defloration” on the 4th floor aims to display the diversity of her practice with a focus on a narrative approach to gender issues.

Both solo shows opening on Wednesday, September 7, 7pm, are presented within the framework of ARTISTIC DIALOGUES, a series of solo exhibition projects at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart that bring interrelated contexts, parallel discussions, and juxtaposed ideas together through diverse artistic practices.

October 2011:

'Sunday Art Fair', Ambika P3, London

September 2011:

'Run A Mile In My Shoes', Great North Run Moving Image Commission, NewBridge Space, Newcastle Upon   Tyne

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13-16 October 2011

SUNDAY art fair
Ambika P3 (entrance via red gate opposite Baker Street tube station)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

The Zabludowicz Collection presented a new limited edition action figure by British artist David Blandy.  

The Zabludowicz Collection was founded in 1994 by philanthropists Poju and Anita Zabludowicz and is dedicated to bringing emerging art to new audiences and actively supporting arts organisations and artists. Its focus is on emerging art from the late 20th century to the present day. Since 2007 it has run an exhibition space in a former Methodist Chapel at 176 Prince of Wales Road in north London. Currently on display is the first UK solo exhibition of American artist Laurel Nakadate. The collection exhibits in permanent venues in the USA and Finland. All exhibitions and events are free. Visit for further details. 

 +44(0)207 739 2363  

Image above from

NewBridge Space
18 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

10th September-8th October 2011

Winner of the 2011 Moving Image Commission, David Blandy, has been working with Great North Run participants across the North East for his new film Run A Mile In My Shoes.

Run A Mile In My Shoes focuses on a 13 individuals lip-synching to their favourite song whilst training for the Bupa Great North Run. Comprising 13 short films, one for each mile of the half-marathon, they will form portraits of the runners, contrasting the mundane surroundings of their training areas - city streets, rural roads, gyms - with the soundtrack of the  song in their head.

Participants have been filmed in diverse locations across the region using a camera attached to their bodies to capture their lip-synching as they run. Run A Mile In My Shoes will be launched this Autumn as part of Bupa Great North Run Culture 2011.

 The selection panel for the 2011 Moving Image Commission was: 
Beth Bate, Director of Great North Run Culture
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director of Arts & Development, Arts Council England (NE)
Simon Pope, artist
Godfrey Worsdale, Director, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

August 2011:

Kunst&Zwalm 2011 Public Art Commission

July 2011:

'Connecting Conversations' with Valerie Sinason

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Kunst&Zwalm 2011 was organised by the association Boem. 

Kunst&Zwalm ran from August 27 to September 11 of 2011 in the community of Zwalm in the Flemish Ardennes, 25 km from Ghent, Belgium.

David Blandy in Conversation with Psychoanalyst Valerie Sinason

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

Monday 18 July 2011
Valerie Sinason is a poet, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst specialising in trauma and disability. Her most recent edited works are Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and poetry book Night-shift. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist of the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability.

Listen to the conversation

June 2011:

'Amen Brother' at Grand Union

May 2011:

The Drawing Room Gallery Fundraiser Auction 2011

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Until 30 July 2011

Curated by Tim Dixon, featuring work by David Blandy, David Raymond Conroy, Steven Dickie, Sara Mackillop, Rachel Reupke, Tom Smith and Jack Strange.

Interrogating themes of appropriation, mediation and sampling within contemporary art practice, the exhibition takes its title from a piece of music recorded by soul band, The Winstons in 1969.


Tuesday 7th June at Grand Union

David Blandy introduced a talk about his video work Child Of The Atom with his Grandmother Anne Piper

7 April - 18 May 2011


Brunswick Wharf, 55 Laburnum St, London, E2 8BD. 020 7729 5333