Harm van den Dorpel

Born in 1981 in Zaandam, lives and works in Berlin


Harm van den Dorpel’s broad practice includes sculpture, installation, works on paper, computer generated graphics and software. Rooted in the conceptual heritage of net.art, Harm’s works often simulate neural networks. The role of technology in his works is a means to an end: a tool to increase the understanding of our experience. “I seek to produce works that explore not only the technological hardware we use in our daily lives, but how we use it, the modalities of interface that are created, enabled, facilitated and restricted by the advance of technology.”

Van den Dorpel’s recent work has built on cognitive concerns and sense of possibility, increasingly placing language at the centre —both as a means of communication as well as a technology in its own right. His ongoing project Death Imitates Language explores the ways in which the production of objects by algorithmic methodologies could be both generative and personalized. The series comprises a growing population of images, each with virtual chromosomes, parents, and relatives. The generative software autobreeds new images, based on the micro-feedback, or ‘likes’ of the artist. Harm then decides which works are fit to be materialised.

Harm van den Dorpel (1981, the Netherlands) lives and works in Berlin. Selected (group) exhibitions include the New Museum in New York, MoMa PS1 in New York, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, ZKM Karlsruhe, and the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam. His first solo exhibition at Upstream Gallery is scheduled for February - March 2018. In 2015, Van den Dorpel started Left Gallery, an online gallery that commissions, produces, and sells downloadable files.

Artist website: http://harmvandendorpel.com/




Pattern and Presence

Amsterdam, 24 Feb - 30 Mar '18


Winterthur, 2 Dec '17 - 4 Feb '18

Asking for a friend

London, 23 Nov '17 - 20 Jan '18

Open Codes

Karlsruhe, 20 Oct '17 - 5 Aug '18

Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!)

London, 20 Jul - 16 Sep '17

New Dawn

Berlin, 24 Jun - 29 Jul '17

Shifting Optics IV

Amsterdam, 25 Mar - 7 May '17

Death Imitates Language

Berlin, 26 Nov '16 - 4 Feb '17

Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus

Kleef, 1 Jul - 18 Sep '16

Sunday Sessions: Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera

New York, 22 Nov - 22 Nov '15

24/7 - The Human Condition

Vienna, 11 Jun - 4 Oct '15

Inflected Objects

Milan, 15 May - 15 Jun '15

Shifting Optics II

Amsterdam, 20 Mar - 25 Apr '15


New York, 20 Feb - 3 Apr '15

Ambiguity points to the mystery of all revealing

Berlin, 7 Feb - 11 Apr '15


Los Angeles, 23 Jan - 7 Mar '15

Harm van den Dorpel: Emergent Conclusions

Berlin, 14 Nov '14 - 10 Jan '15

Art Post-Internet

Beijing, 1 Mar - 11 May '14

Image Employment

New York, 26 Sep - 30 Sep '13

First Look: Dissociations

Online exhibition hosted by the New Museum, NYC, 1 May - 31 Dec '13

Harm Van Den Dorpel: Release Early, Release Often, [...]

New York, 19 Apr - 1 Jun '13

Bcc 9: Das Ei ohne Schale

Basel, 11 May - 2 Jun '12

The Greater Cloud

Amsterdam, 10 Dec '11 - 5 Feb '12