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Dave Ball, Bio

Dave Ball (b. 1978, UK) is an artist based in Berlin and Wales. He works in a range of media including video, performance, drawing, photography, installation and participatory projects. His practice is characterised by its use of absurd conceptual structures and what has been described as a “peculiar humour”. He has recently completed a practice-based PhD at Winchester School of Art exploring the use of “tactical absurdity” in (post-)conceptual art, and also holds an MA from Goldsmiths College, London, and a BA from the University of Derby. Solo exhibitions of Ball’s work have been held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; Gallery Oldham, Manchester; Winchester Gallery, England; and Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin. Group exhibitions include NGBK, Berlin; Villa Arson, Nice; Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk; Optica, Montreal; Wysing Arts Centre, England; Today Art Museum, Beijing; and Oriel Mostyn, Wales. Residencies include Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany; Est-Nord-Est, Canada; and Nottingham Trent University, UK. Ball was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize in 2016.


Dave Ball: Taktisch absurd, Einzelausstellung in der Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, UK
He Told Me to Remaine Silent, Zwei-Personen-Ausstellung kuratiert von Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Unabgesagt, HilbertRaum, Berlin

A bis Z: Die ersten sieben Jahre, Einzelausstellung in der Gallery Oldham, UK
Die immerwährende Kunst / O Tannenbaum Weihnachtskartenausstellung, O Tannenbaum, Berlin

Punkt Quarz: Blume von Kent, Villa Arson, Nizza, Frankreich
Interpunktionszeichen in einem ewigen Satz: Die Ausstellung, Galerie Alfred, Tel Aviv, Israel
Auktion für Stumme Kunst, The Drawing Hub, Berlin

Searching for the Welsh Landscape, Einzelausstellung im Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Reisebericht, Palazzo Ducali, Mantua, Italien
Reisen / Reisen, Projektraumgruppe Global 3000, Berlin
AVI-Festival, Kinostadt, Jerusalem
Eine Blindauktion, Fernsicht, Berlin
Minimalismus: Standort Aspect Moment, Winchester School of Art, Winchester

Medienbotschaften, HilbertRaum, Berlin
Polyphonien, Optica, Montreal, Kanada

Pikaresk, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Naerbo, Norwegen
Langsamkeit / Langsamkeit, Projektraumgruppe Global 3000, Berlin
Stoff, Galerie Oriel Sycharth, Wrexham, Wales
Offenes Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales


Born 1978, Swansea, UK; lives and works in Wales and Berlin. Represented by Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin


2015- PhD Art Practice, Winchester School of Art, UK
2006-2007 MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths College, London
1998-2001 BA Fine Art, University of Derby, UK

Exhibitions (selected)
2016 Searching for the Welsh Landscape, solo show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

2015 Polyphonies, Optica, Montreal, Canada

2014 Picaresque, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Naerbo, Norway
Slowness/Langsamkeit, Projektraum Group Global 3000, Berlin
Fabric, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, Wales
Open Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

2013 A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle, solo show at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Be Our Guest, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
To Make the Improbable, Est-Nord-Est, Quebec, Canada
Stranded Travelers, Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania
Preview Berlin Art Fair 2013, Berlin
Sense and Nonsense: A Festival of Absurdity, Centrum, Berlin
The Picture Show, Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht, Netherlands
Kantine Chapters, Galerie Futura (Alpha Nova-Kulturwerkstatt), Berlin
We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1Shantiroad, Bangalore, India

2012 Ha Ha Road, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales; group show exploring humour; also featuring Fischli & Weiss, Pipilotti Rist, Erwin Wurm, Roman Signer, Bobby Baker, Kirsten Pieroth, Bedwyr Williams and others
Blows to the Temple, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin
The Alumni Show, Markeaton Street Gallery, University of Derby, Derby
Numbers, Cultivate, Vyner Street, London
17 Days, Atrium Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, USA

2011 Making Mirrors: Of Body and Gaze, NGBK, Berlin; group show exploring issues of ethnicity and social prejudice featuring Dinner Party project Ha Ha Road, Quad, Derby, UK; group show exploring humour; also featuring Fischli & Weiss, Pipilotti Rist, Erwin Wurm, Roman Signer, Bobby Baker, Kirsten Pieroth, Bedwyr Williams and others

2010 The Dump: Recycling of Thoughts, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland; group show utilising Maurice Benayoun's web-initiative for the re-use of concepts
Nude as the News, 91mQ Art Project Space & Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin; 3-person show curated by Sunshine Wong
Stadt am Rande ("Cities on the Edge"), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; group show exploring urban topology, curated by Melanie Zagrean and Pierre Wolter
Die Kunst der Natur ist die Natur der Kunst ("The Art of Nature is the Nature of Art"), Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany; group show curated by Axel Schweppe
Field Broadcast, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK; project based on live works broadcast remotely from fields; also featuring Simon Faithfull, Susan Collins and Juan Cruz
The Box, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; rotating series of solo video screenings

2009 Artsway Open 09, Artsway, Sway, Hampshire, UK
Extraordinary Days, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, [touring:] CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA; DDT Delavski dom Trbovlje, Trbovlje, Slovenia;
Richmond Center Art Galleries, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, USA; Smart Wall, Alfred University School of Art & Design; Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University; Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University

2008 Dave Ball: How to Live, solo show at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Navigator, The Royal Standard, Liverpool The Mausoleum of Lost Objects, InIVA, London
Closing Down Sale, Another Roadside Attraction Gallery, London
If You Build It They Will Come, g39 Gallery, Cardiff
Speed is Open, Bearspace, London

2007 Disposable Fetish, The Nunnery Gallery, London
Temporary Measures, Associates Gallery, London
In Their Own Words, The End Gallery, Sheffield

2006 Eco Vandalism, Sydenham Hill Woods, London
Beneath, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Irrational Reels, Rational Rec at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London
Art Video Screenings, Village, Västerås, Sweden
Teetotum, Fold Gallery, Cumbria

2005 Service Not Included, ADi Gallery, London
SSA 2005, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh
The Working World, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Deptford X, Astra House, London

2004 Love N Bullets, Transition Gallery, London
Max10, Falmouth Arts Centre, Falmouth
Damn Fine Cup Coffee, Rowse Close, London
Flat, Hackney Road, London

2003 Lux Open, Royal College of Art, London
The Joy of Kitsch, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen
picsel+, g39 Gallery, Cardiff
made@home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Purescreen, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2002 Tabula Rasa, site-specific projections in Croydon, London
Nature Selected Them for Extinction, Charlton Bonds Building, Newcastle

2001 After the Umbilical Cord Was Cut Somebody Smacked My Arse and I Began to Breathe, Britannia Mill, Derby; degree show
Models of Practice, Dilston Grove, London


2014 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales; 3-month residency at Thomas Heatherwick-designed studios

2013 Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada; 8-week residency followed by exhibition; jointly funded by Est-Nord-Est and Wales Arts International

2009 Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany; grant awarded for 3-month residency

2008 Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin; six-week residency followed by solo show

2006 Fold Gallery, Cumbria; part of Teetotum series of artists' residencies

Curatorial & Collaborative Projects

2011-15 Dinner Party; collaborative participatory project with Oliver Walker exploring social interaction through remote communicative intervention; shown at NGBK in Berlin, Oriel Davies in Newtown, Wales and Optica in Montreal.

2011-12 Ha Ha Road, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandundo, Wales and Quad, Derby; group exhibition exploring humour, curated in collaboration with Sophie Springer

2011 Schöne Pleite: Politische Karikaturen von Klaus Stuttman ("Pretty Broke: Political Caricatures by Klaus Stuttman"), Galerie im Saalbau, Kulturamt Neukölln, Berlin; exhibition curated in collaboration with Oliver Walker and Dorothea Kolland

2010 Airshow, Tempelhof airfield, Berlin & Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK; collaboration with Oliver Walker investigating former airfield through a remotely broadcast aeroplane noise simulation contest

2006 Coryat's Crudities, various locations in Nottingham, UK; Discotheque project exploring notions of tourism, using the suitcase as a central motif

2005 The Glorious Twelfth, Deptford X, London; Discotheque investigation into the implications of an urban recontextualisation of a traditional grouse hunt Strangers on a Train, London to Newcastle train route; Discotheque travel and exchange project

2004 Damn Fine Cup of Coffee, Acme Studios, London; Discotheque group show Flat, Hackney Road, London; Discotheque group show


2015 Arts Council of Wales production grant for solo exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2015 British Council Canada grant to participate in Polyphonies exhibition at Optica, Montreal

2013 Travel grant awarded by Wales Arts International to support residency at Est-Nord-Est, Quebec, Canada

2009 Grant awarded for 3-month residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany

2008 Shortlisted for New Contemporaries 2008

2006 Open Frequency; practice nominated by Anthony Shapland for Axis survey of new developments in contemporary art

2005 NAN bursary for Strangers on a Train project

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