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, affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, Serpentine Galleries in London, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K21) in Düsseldorf, among others. He represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale, he is a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), and he 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 of his work.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Simon is involved in the program Socio-Economic Transformation.

  • What gives you hope?
    Artists embedded in organizations.

  • 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”, in: Cura 37, 2021

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

"Positioning in Research as Practice” (with Karamia Müller) in: Nicolaus Schafhausen and Mirjam Zadoff (eds.), Tell me about (yesterday) tomorrow, 2021

Simon Denny: The Innovator’s Dilemma, exh. cat. MoMA PS1, New York, 2015

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