Simon Denny

Real Mass Entrepreneurship  (2017), video still, courtesy of the artist

Real Mass Entrepreneurship (2017), video still, courtesy of the artist


Real Mass Entrepreneurship

2017, video, 14’23”

In 2017, Simon Denny worked on a video looking into some activities and people working in Shenzhen’s “Silicon Valley of hardware,” where there’s been a boom of “mass entrepreneurship.” As with the rest of the gig and “sharing” economy, individual laborers are not only having systems of social security pulled out from under them, but are also pitted against one another, doubling down on the dangers of precarious labor. Perhaps instead of mass producing new technology, what is actually being mass produced is mythic individualism, the entrepreneur as a high-tech hero who may not even be able to save himself.


Simon Denny

Born 1982 in Auckland; lives and works in Berlin

Simon Denny is an artist working with installation, sculpture, print and video. He makes exhibitions that unpack the social and political implications of the technology industry and the rise of social media, startup culture, blockchain and cryptocurrency. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, graduating with a BFA in 2005 and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, with a Meisterschule in 2009. Denny’s artwork is held in major collections internationally and has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Munich (2013); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017); and OCAT, Shenzhen (2017). He represented his birth country New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Denny co- founded the Berlin Program for Artists, an artist mentoring program in 2016 with Willem de Rooij and Angela Bulloch.