Born 1982, Auckland (NZ). Lives and works in Berlin (DE).
Simon Denny is an artist whose work explores the cultures and values behind some of the new technologies that are changing the world. In recent years, Denny has looked at the exploitation of information in data-economies, using his work to visualise systems of competing political and economic visions, interrelationships of labour, capital, developments in technologies, and impacts on the environment.
Denny graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in 2004, and completed his Meisterschuler at Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main (2009). In 2014 Denny was a nominee for Aoteaora New Zealand’s premiere contemporary art award the Walter’s Prize and In 2015 he was selected to represent New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale, exhibiting Secret Power at the New Zealand pavilion. Significant solo exhibitions include: Creation Stories (with Karamia Müller) Michael Lett & Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland (2022); Mine Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2020), MONA, Hobart (2019); The Founder’s Paradox, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2018) Michael Lett, Auckland (2017) Products for Organising, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2015); The Innovator’s Dilemma, MoMA PS1 (2015) and The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington (2014).