Constant Dullaart

Constant Dullaart (1979)

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.

Like the work of his digital native peers, Constant Dullaart’s often conceptual work manifests itself both online and off. Within his practice, he reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies while critically engaging the power structures of mega corporations that dramatically influence our worldview through the internet. He examines the boundaries of manipulating Google, Facebook and Instagram and recently started his own tech company Dulltech™ with Kickstarter. Constant Dullaart (NL, 1979) is a former resident of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and lives and works in Berlin. His works were shown in MCA Chicago, Whitechapel Gallery London, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Import Projects Berlin, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, ZKM Karlsruhe, Victoria & Albert Museum London, and MAAT Lisbon. Dullaart has curated several exhibitions and lectured at universities and academies throughout Europe, most recently at Werkplaats Typografie, a post-graduate programme at ArtEZ, Arnhem. In 2015, he was awarded the Prix Net-Art, the international prize for internet art. His most recent solo exhibition at Upstream Gallery is Deep Epoch (2016).

Upstream Gallery
Amsterdam - Nederland
Rhizome - Conversation with 2015 Prix Net Art Winner Constant Dullaart
Constant Dullaart, Review about the exhibition dull.life in Het Parool, June 2019
Review about the exhibition dull.life in Het Parool, June 2019
Dulling Down – The Obsolescence of Intelligence, Artist Talk at Transmediale 2017
Armory Live: Artist Talk with Constant Dullaart And Matt Goerzen
Armory Live: Artist Talk with Constant Dullaart And Matt Goerzen

About

Het Parool about 'Deep Epoch'
"Dullaart proves himself as one of the most relevant artists of this moment. He mercilessly lays bare the sore points of the computerized society. He cleverly links activist fire and conceptual depth to a visually interesting execution."
Edo Dijksterhuis
Jury statement excerpt on Constant Dullaart
“The fluidity of boundaries between artist and tech communities and questions of authorship, virtuosity, and the performativity of art in a mediated environment are an important aspect of the work of the winner of the 2015 Prix Net Art, Constant Dullaart. Dullaart’s work stays firmly yet defiantly within the realm of contemporary art, but from a position profoundly informed by the conditions of new media networks—technical as well as cultural, social, economical, and political networks. Dullaart strives for an honest, respectful, yet unembellished approach to the materials and conditions of the network. At the same time his work is full of humor, wit, and critical commentary.”
Jury Prix Net Art 2015
Het Parool about 'dull.life'
Looking for a hip workplace in Amsterdam next month? Why not at Upstream Gallery? The chairs are ergonomically sound, the computers fast, the coffee maker lets the caffeine flow non-stop and there are even yoga mats. A contemporary office garden with a chain-worthy name: dull.life. The coworking space is a creation by artist Constant Dullaart. Since the beginning of this century, he has consistently appropriated the language, resources and strategies of major tech companies. Of course dull.life is parody, but it is also a form of guerrilla war. Dullaart infiltrates and sabotages. He frees up the creativity that has been muzzled in the technological era and trained to be financially driven and innovative. And he turns everything upside down. [...] His great strength is that he makes invisible machinations behind the equally invisible technology tangible and physical. In a funny way too. Like in the video in which he - with colorful stickers in his hand - imitates the screensaver of DVD players in a silly analogue way. Many works in this unofficial retrospective have a name that starts with "dull". A game with the artist's last name, which in English-speaking countries soon became 'dull art'. Very fitting, because this oeuvre is about the averages with which algorithms and big data guide and shape our world. But the subversive twist that Dullaart gives it is anything but boring.
Edo Dijksterhuis

CV Constant Dullaart

Education 2002 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam 2008 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Solo Exhibitions (Selection) 2018 Cultural Matter: Constant Dullaart, LIMA, Amsterdam
 Constant Dullaart 100.000 Followers for Everyone, FOAM Museum, Amsterdam
 The Armory Show with Upstream Gallery 

2016 Deep Epoch, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam
 Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
 Mu, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
 Smart Objects, Los Angeles, USA 2015 The Possibility of an Army, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany 
 Jennifer, Futura, Prague
 Opening Times, London
 Filter economy and quantified social capital, Dutch National Bank, Amsterdam
 ABC with Future Gallery, Berlin 
 The Censored Internet, Aksioma, Ljubliana 2014 High Retention Slow Delivery, Jeu de Paume-espace virtuel, Paris
 Stringendo, Vanishing Mediators, Carroll / Fletcher, London 
 Brave New Panderers, XPO Gallery, Paris 2013 Jennifer in Paradise, Future Gallery, Berlin 
 Jennifer in Paradise, Import Projects, Berlin 

2012 Onomatopoeia, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA 
 HEALING, Fabio Paris Gallery, Brescia, Italy 
 Treffpunkt Internet, speedshow, Berlin 
Group Exhibitions (selection) 2018 I Was Raised On The Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 
 When Facts don’t Matter, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
 From ZERO to 2018, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam 2017 Electronic Superhighway, MAAT, Lisbon Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany Windows, Basel, Switzerland Collecting Europe, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
 How to Disappear Completely, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Human/Digital: a Symbiotic Love Affair, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 Transmediale, Berlin 2016 Electronic Super Highway, White Chapel, London
 Neo Liberal Lulz, CarrollFletcher, London 2015 Find your Beach, Kurator, Rapperswill, CH Follow, Fact, Liverpool, UK
 Sign of the Times, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, The Netherlands
 Kvalitar, Prague
 Planet Hype, Museum of the Image, Breda, The Netherlands
 Then they form us, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA YouTube, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland
 Algorithmic Rubbish, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam
 Mijn Vlakke Land, Foto Museum Antwerpen, Belgium
 Muse, Frans Hals museum / de Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
 When I give, I give myself, van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 
 Výstava, Plato, Ostrava, Czech Republic 
 Panopticon, UMOCA, Salt Lake City, USA 
 PEBCAK IMHO, HEK / Liste 2015, Basel, Switzerland
 Hamster Hipster Handy, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 
 Digital // Analog: Indifferenz, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany 2014 Böse Clowns, HMKV, Dortmund, Germany
 BALCONISM, MoMart, Amsterdam The Fluidity Aspect, TodaysArt 2014, The Hague, Netherlands
 Megarave, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland
 Treasure of Lima, TBA21, Vienna
 Net.Art painters and poets, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana
 Les Immaterieux for instance, Kunstverrein Dusseldorf, Germany
 net.art Painters and Poets, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Ljubljana
 Real Imaginary Futures, Bureau Europa Maastricht, The Netherlands 
 Surplus Living, KM Temporaer, Berlin
 Online / Offline / Encoding Everyday Life, Transmediale, Berlin 2013 Casting a Wide net, Postmasters, New York
 Come all ye Faithful, Seedorf residence, Zurich, Switzerland
 Young Bohemia, Moscow Bienale, Russia Run
 Computer Run, Rua Red, Dublin
 Summer Splash 2, DAM, Berlin
 Offline-art: Hardcore, Kasseler Kunstverrein, Germany
 Tactical Magick, Cast Gallery, Hobart, Australia
 Sight and Sound Festival, Eastern Bloc, Montreal, USA
 Brand Innovations for Ubiquitious authorship, Carroll Fletcher, London SECONDO ANNIVERSARIO, Seventeen Gallery, London
 From Here on, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
 Club Transmediale, Berlin
 Sight & Sound, Eastern Bloc, Montreal, Canada
 Art Geneve, Future Gallery, Genevea, Switzerland
 Offline Art, Xpo Gallery, Paris
 In that weird Age, Club Transmediale, Berlin 2012 Analogital, UMOCA, Salt Lake City, USA
 Online Mythologies, Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia
 Collect the Wwworld, 319 Scholes, New York
 Not by Default, [DAM], Berlin
 Hot, DVD deaddrop, Museum of the Moving Image, New York Streamlines, Kansas Gallery, New York
 Collect the Wwworld, Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel, Switzerland
 From here on, Fotomuseum, Antwerpen, Belgium
 DOTCOM, Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, France
 GIF’s 4 life, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
 Tranceiver, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha. USA
 In-compatible, Transmediale, Berlin
 The rescue of the Effects, General Public, Berlin

2011 Screen test, CAC, Cincinnati, USA
 Collect the Wwworld, the LINK center, Brescia, Italy
 Transcendental Empiricism, Rob Tufnell, London
 Truck Gallery, Calgary, USA
 Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
 Genius without talent, de Appel, Amsterdam From here on, Rencontre d’Arles, France
 Landart for a new Generation, MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands
 Gegen Null, Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland
 Filetype, Gallery 400, Chicago, USA
 A Painting Show, Autocenter, Berlin
 Curator Battle, Aaron Moulton v.s. Carson Chan, Grimuseum, Berlin Memery, MassMoCA, Boston, USA
 Big screen project / CultureHall, New York 
 Gif Show, MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands 2010 LaFiac.com, Paris, France 
 Artie Vierkant & Constant Dullaart, Extra Extra, Philadelphia, USA Sound wwwalk, Vienna
 Eine Hand voll Leben, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin Easyjetsetters & Protection, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin
 Palais Paradiso, Amsterdam
 3 hours in one second, BASSO, Berlin
 Fluxus, WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 Don’t worry be happy, MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2009 Photography in Reverse, FOAM Museum, Amsterdam Versions, NIMK, Amsterdam MBIBTY, Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France
 Off the record, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
 Here we are there we go, NIMK, Amsterdam
 Contemporary Semantics Beta, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
 Forms of Melancholy, Sego Art Center, Utah, USA
 Film/Video Screenings (selection) 2013 International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2011 Prosume this, Berlin
 Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2009 Lost & Found in the New Museum, New York
 Just add Water, by Pascual Sisto, DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 
 Secret Life, part of Version Festival, by Ola Vasiljeva, Chicago, USA 
 Mirror Site by Jon Rafman, MWNM, New York
 Curatorial projects (selection) 2013 Another Fluxconcert in Amsterdam (Googleism), NASA, Amsterdam 2011 Interfacial Gesture Salon, CSS Bard with Laurel Ptak, USA

2010 Public Interfacial Gesture Salon, Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria

2009 Versions, NIMK, Amsterdam
 Video Vortex, Cimatics, Atomium Brussels
 Lost & Found, New Museum, New York
 Contemporary Semantics Beta, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam 2008-9 Lost and Found, Amsterdam 2008 K.I.S.S, www.clubinternet.org 
 CYCLUS DVD, Mr motley magazine, The Netherlands 2006 The €10.000 show, w139, Amsterdam Lectures, Performances, Debates and Seminars (selection) 2016 Workshop, HFG Offenbach, Germany 
2015 Competing with the outsourced, Mertz Academy, Stuttgart, Germany 
 Writing Workshop, Sidney Bienale, Sidney
 Neo Liberal Lulz, Stroom, Den Haag, NL
 Art as Start up? Spike magazine at Paris Internationale, Paris, France
 Lunchbytes conference, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
 Lafayette Re:Source, Paris, France
 Les Immatériaux: towards the virtual with J.-F. Lyotard, Courtauld institute London, UK 
 Internetional, Witte de With, Showroom Mamma, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
 Share this, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2014 Do You Follow? Art in Circulation #2, Rhizome/ICA, London, UK
 Society: Utopia, Lunch Bytes #1 Seminar, Stockholm, Sweden 2013 Marc Berville Projects Paris, France 2012 MIACA, Hong Kong PAF, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
 Digital October, Moscow, Russia
 OCT design Museum, Shenzhen, China Guangzhou art academy, Guangzhou, China Global Art Forum, Dubai, UAE
 New Silent Series, New Museum, New York, USA Utah Moca, Saltlake City, USA
 The Influencers, Barcelona, Spain
 Transmediale, Berlin 2011 Visual responses to a colonized medium, Museum für Angewante Kunst, Vienna, Austria 2010 Data 4.4 Dublin, Ireland 
 Dropshadow talk, Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule, Berlin, Germany 
 Domain (rhizome), 01SJ biannual, San Jose, USA
 Incubate, Tilburg, Netherlands
 Performikka Internetikka, NIMK, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2009 Society of the Query, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 Video Vortex, Cinemania, Atomium Brussels, Belgium
 Impact online, the slow web, Utrecht, Netherlands
 Jury member International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia, Italy 2007 Moderator, vvork.com artblog discussion, Gallerie West, The Hague, Netherlands 
 Awards 2015 Prix Net-Art
 2004 One Minute Award 
 2003 One minute award 
 Residencies 2017 ISCP residency, Mondriaan Fund, New York City, USA
 2014 Opening Times, London, UK
 2013 [ space ] residency with Goethe Institute, London, UK 
 2012 OCAT, Shenzhen, China 
2010 Quartier 21, Museums Quartier Vienna, Austria 
 Shortfuse, UK 
2007 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands 
 Commissions 2016 Goethe Institute, Weimar, Germany 
2015 OTDAC.org, London, UK
 2012 Anamorvista, E-Permanent, Brighton Digital Festival, UK 
 2009 Readymades.net for IMPAKT online 
 www.atisd.at, Webart guide for children, for NIMK, Netherlands