David Gryn / Artprojx

Daata Editions – New Artworks Released

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2016 at 12:58 pm


Daata-countdown-fb-nowonlineDaata Editions – Season One – 4th Artworks – Now Online


Daata Editions Season One Artists: Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, Chloe Wise.

The release has been scheduled to coincide with Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the fantastic Electronic Superhighway exhibition, curated by Omar Kholeif at the Whitechapel Gallery, which bring together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day, including the Daata Editions artists Rachel Maclean, Jon Rafman and Amalia Ulman.

Works in 4th Artwork Release:

Ilit Azoulay – Object #4

Helen Benigson – A Rude Girl Arse Glistens Like Silicone. Cluck, Cluck, Cluck. 4

David Blandy – Moon

Matt Copson – Broadcast

Ed Fornieles – Sitting

Leo Gabin – Surfer Ho Remix (Sound) & Date Yourself (Video)

Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala – Exitscape 4

Lina Lapelyte – Hunky Bluff ACT 4 – My soul you are

Rachel Maclean – Let It Go – Part 4

Florian Meisenberg – rghwori

Takeshi Murata – Pumpjack Popeye

Hannah Perry – PRINCES & PRINCESSES (Sound) & To say you feel something (Web)

Charles Richardson – Friend

Amalia Ulman – White Flag Emoji 4

Stephen Vitiello – The Bone Clocks (after David Mitchell)

Chloe Wise – the hotel gave us wine

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Chloe Wise – the hotel gave us wine


See Daata Editions Instagram where Chloe Wise is our current artist in residence

@daataeditions @chloewise_ @davidgryn



i-D: daata editions and digital art’s commercial future

In Uncategorized on 28/01/2016 at 12:00 pm


Felix Petty 28 January, 2016

We speak to David Gryn of Daata Editions about creating a viable vehicle for selling art online, as the platform releases its newest collection of artworks to the public.

Ed Fornieles, Sitting

The art market can easily feel over blown, over hyped, over saturated, stuffed full of money, and of course that’s partly true, though not if you’re an artist or gallery dealing in digital work. As a recent exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, Electronic Superhighway, shows, computer and internet technology has been having an impact on the art world since the mid 60s, but critical acclaim and visionary work doesn’t always open up the high end art of the market, if it finds a market at all.

This is where Daata Editions come in, an online platform featuring the work of 18 artists, with work commissioned specifically for sale over the internet. The first series of works features artists as diverse, talented and striking as Ilit Azoulay, David Blandy, Ed Fornieles, Jon Rafman, Amalia Ulman, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry and Chloe Wise. Existing somewhere between eCommerce platform and online gallery, Daata is a new solution to a problems as old as the internet itself ; how to commodify the intangible and create a distribution model that helps artists get paid for the work they do.

Amalia Ulman, White Flag Emoji

What made you want to start Daata?
What we’re trying to do is make Daata as a model for selling digital art, not the model. I wanted Daata to be about how the internet works, how you go into a website and look at art. If you go to an art fair there are 250 galleries. They don’t operate in identical ways but they all do something very similar. They sell art, they show art, and often they represent the artists really well. We aren’t a gallery, we don’t represent artists, but we function somewhat similarly. Daata grew from the logic of a market place for digital forms of artwork, we want to commission artists to make artwork so that artists can get paid.

We need lots of galleries to have a market place. You need thousands of artists to have an art world, you need lots of museums, but when it’s digital everyone wants to be the dominant model, to have the next .com sensation. Daata is simply a model that allows us commission artists to produce work and actually pay them for it. It’s a niche entity, we aren’t trying to be all things too all people.

I want it to be easy. For me the internet seems to be an easy solution not a complicated problem, but I don’t think most of the art world has arrived there yet. The art world still seems to want to resist it because it seems quite complicated.

David Blandy, Moon

Why do you think the art world has been so resistant to the digital art market?
Well I think it’s resistant because in contemporary art there’s a traditional process to things. We know how to buy and sell a good and therefore, we want to carry on buying and selling a good — that makes sense. But if things are online, suddenly a gallery or an artist feels they have less control. To me digital is just another medium, I don’t see it as being any different to oil paintings, or sculptures. But people seem to want to know how it all works or how you fit it into the techno-modern age. But this is the age we’re in, I think the art world’s coming round to it. The digital is a real, natural language now amongst almost everybody making art. But I think the marketplace has to take it seriously, and they struggle with that, because it doesn’t hit the high prices yet. You know you can sell a painting for a million pounds, but digital work sells for a few hundred.

Hannah Perry, The Worse You Feel The Better I Look

What draws you to the artists you work with?
Many of the artists when I was commissioning them, I said I want you to feel that you can experiment and do what you will with the platform, but at least experiment as best as you can. But partly it’s about working with artists who get it. Jon Rafman and Ed Fornieles are two artists who actually gave us a lot of advice when we were setting Daata up, and we commissioned works from them. Chloe Wise is a really passionate advocate of it, she’s up for promoting herself, her work, those artists to me are very special. Not all artists can be and are like that but it’s very helpful. And many artists have to gone on to use the work we commissioned in their future projects and exhibitions.

Chloe Wise, Should I Add An Emoji?

Is it about finding a piece of work that can exist beyond the digital?
To be honest, I kind of go to the artist as opposed to the artwork. We commissioned artists who we trust. The only brief was that it couldn’t be more than three minutes long. But not every artist I know would be right for it and some artists have different ways of working — some artists don’t want their work to be sold, some artists don’t want to make money, some artists do. I wanted to go to people who are rated as artists first.

Florian Meisenberg, Rghwori

What do you think the future of Daata will end up being?
The future is indeterminable, which is nice, because we are evolving. I mean my aim is that this becomes sort of a service a bit like Netflix or Spotify. However, within its own niche, there are other ways to make money out of those things, maybe it’s sponsored? Maybe it’s supported by philanthropy? Maybe it’s connected to museums? We want the work to be available to everybody, not just those who can buy it. I think the digital world is becoming just part of our natural consciousness.

Takeshi Murata, Pumpjack Popeye

Do you think that will only increase as young people, who’ve grown up using computers, become larger parts or the art world and art market?
There are artists who just work using digital as some artists might use paint. There are artists, like Rachel Rose or Ian Cheng, who just treat is as a natural language and medium and I think that’s when it starts looking like artwork, you start believing in it as art, as opposed to you just being wowed by the technical mastery the artist possesses.

I still feel that there’s a resistance though, and I’ve seen it in quite a few art schools where you have video artists being encouraged by their art departments to put their videos into sculptural installations to give it some kind of marketable commodity and I think that’s disappointing. It feels like saying ‘let’s make the work look more complicated and buyable by making it into a sculpture’ than actually just saying, ‘well that work was good enough.’

The fourth set of Season One artworks are released 28 January and can be purchased online at daata-editions.com

CreditsText Felix Petty
All images courtesy the artists and Daata Editions
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The 2nd Royal College of Psychiatrists Artists Video Commission

In 21 Prescot Street, Orson Sieverding, Ranu Mukherjee, Uncategorized on 17/12/2015 at 2:43 pm

The 2nd Royal College of Psychiatrists Artists Video Commission
Curated by David Gryn, Daata Editions / Artprojx and Curator Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Artists: Ranu Murkerkjee, Orson Sieverding, Terry Smith

Ranu Mukherjee - Chimeric still

Ranu Mukherjee – Chimeric (dogowl living on the edge of free trade zone), 2015

Chimeric (dogowl living on the edge of free trade zone) is a 5 minute ‘hybrid film’, focused on the chimeric, as a leading aspect of imaginative experience and urban sensibility. It brings together photographic, painted and digital images, suggesting a fluid and morphing exchange between these often siloed forms of visual culture. In placing a creature, simultaneously fantastical and mundane, against backdrops of contemporary urban development layered on accumulated pasts and bathed in the radiant frequencies of telecommunications, the work is an attempt to visualize a confrontation between two kinds of speculation.

Ranu Mukherjee (MFA Royal College of Art, London & BFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston) is an artist making animated video works, ink drawing and collage, printed textiles, and collaborative projects that take a variety of forms from audio installation to printed matter. Her works bring material. mythological and political or historical references to bear on each other and explore the construction of culture through creolization, the nomadic, ecology, speculative fiction and the unknown. Solo Exhibitions include the Asian Art Museum San Francisco 2015-16, San Jose Museum of Art, 2012 and Gallery Wendi Norris 2011 and 2013-14. Ranu lives and works in San Fransisco, USA.

Orson Sieverding - Classify still

Orson Sieverding – Classify, 2015

For “Classify” Orson decided to feature various animals and plants as his protagonists. All of them were filmed in a public aquarium were they are grouped by a specific system of classification. Ignoring the offered system Orson was looking at them in terms of movement, texture and visual appeal. Referencing spectral colours, the animal’s and plant’s extraordinary blues, reds, greens and yellows form a colour system of their own. Filmed with a photographic approach, still and observing, the video almost seems to be a moving slide show.

In his work Orson Sieverding is recombining strategies within the field of sound and vision; focusing on sonic production, selective sampling, sound culture and the deconstruction of documentary categories. Orson lives and works in Berlin and Düsseldorf.

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Terry Smith – Day for Night, 2015

The term Day for Night is a set of cinematic techniques used to simulate a night scene while filming in daylight. It is also the title of a 1973 film by Francois Truffaut, where a committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional.

I wanted to make a film that had some relationship to the people and places of the surrounding area. There were many visits and several shoots at different times of the day, from early morning and throughout the day and into night, looking at all aspects, from the tourist at the Tower to the crowded streets of the local markets. But during the editing process, I decided to focus on just two moments, the period between five and nine am when the workers at Barney arrive and begin their early morning shift and late at night, once the office workers had started to slowly drift home. So the film is a kind of bookend to the beginning and end of the day.

Terry Smith (born 1956) is a British-born artist living in London and Folkestone, England. In 2008, Smith was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award. He is exhibited throughout the world in museums and galleries including the British Museum, The Fogg Museum in Boston and The Drawing Center in New York in 2012.

David Gryn – Curator for RCP Video Art Project

David Gryn is the director of Artprojx, screening, curating, promoting and lecturing on artists’ moving image, working with leading contemporary artists, art galleries, museums, art fairs, art schools and film festivals worldwide. In 2015 Gryn launched the online platform Daata Editions that commissions artists’ video, sound and web artworks. David is also the Curator of Film and Sound for Art Basel in Miami Beach.

The RCP Foyer Screen featuring these artworks is visible to all visitors. Open daily from 8am until 6pm. But let the reception know why you are in the building.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

21 Prescot Street
E1 8BB



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