Simon Denny

Photo by Sabine Vielmo


University of Fine Arts, Hamburg


Simon is an artist and curator who has had major exhibitions at MoMA PS1 in New York, the Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Serpentine Galleries London, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K21) among others. He represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale, he is a professor at the HFBK in Hamburg and co-founded the artist mentoring program BPA / Berlin Program for Artists. His research driven work focuses on the politics and aesthetics of technology and technologists with a special focus on web-based paradigm changes. Blockchain, web3 and cryptocurrencies are currently a major focus for his work, including at THE NEW INSTITUTE.

Simon has joined THE NEW INSTITUTE since the spring of 2022.

  • What gives you hope?
    Artists embedded in organisations.

  • How does change happen?
    Everything, everywhere is always moving, forever.

  • If you could have a conversation with one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
    Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of bitcoin.


“Post Society / After language – Special Project”, Cura. #37, 2021

“Media Organize: A Companion to Technological Objects”, Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2021

"Positioning in Research as Practice” with Karamia Müller in: “Tell me about yesterday tomorrow", 2021

“The Innovator’s Dilemma”, MoMA PS1, 2015

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