Constant Dullaart - Artist portrait, 2012, photo © Jiri Volejnik

Constant Dullaart

Netherlands 1979

Digital Art, Computer Art

Constant Dullaart
Constant Dullaart
April 27, 2016

Using the internet as his medium, Dutch artist Constant Dullaart focuses his practice on visualizing online and software language by editing forms of representations and the user’s access to it. As a result of his engagement occur online and offline installations and performances. Using the search engines, websites and emoticons, he remodels and distorts the frameworks, treating them as found objects. Dullart changes the images that people get used to, considering the fact that the internet became a large corporate backyard which must be refreshed.

Constant Dullaart - Jennifer in Paradise (installation view), 2014 gallery internet 2013 people
Constant Dullaart – Jennifer in Paradise (installation view), 2014

Jennifer in Paradise

His most famous work, Jennifer in Paradise references the first ever photoshopped image. Taken by John Knoll, it depicts his girlfriend on the sandy beach. It was digitized by Kodak in 1987 and provided with the old version of the program. For this multiplatform exhibition, he presented a new body of glass works, creating a Google search page with the traces of brush strokes that hides parts of the information. Dramatically changing the perception and surf experience, the whole sheet became a painted collage. As a result, he creates abstract compositions of the filtered images via screenshots, printed directly onto the glass.

Dullaart’s work change the perception and surf experience

Constant Dullaart - Epizeuxis, Conduplicatio, Mesodiplosis, Opening Times Digital Art Commissions, 2015 gallery internet 2013 people
Constant Dullaart – Epizeuxis, Conduplicatio, Mesodiplosis, Opening Times Digital Art Commissions, 2015

Questioning the Access to Information

The disinformation or distortion of information depends on the ways of communication and completely seems like reality observed through the glass. That could be the analogy of “windows” as commonplace in the computer world. Comparing the Google with, for example, Chinese browser Baidu, the algorithms give a different reality, different information depending on the political and commercial motives, shaping our knowledge and way of perception. His next project, The Balconism: Balconisation, not Balkanization, refers to the nowadays often used term Balkans, pointing out that we live in a time when we have to choose the audience. In the world where everything is transparent, every man stands on his own balcony.

The distortion of information seems like reality observed through the glass

Constant Dullaart - Thomas Knoll (Dolomites #1 + Spectrum Cathedral Medium), 2013 gallery internet contact 2013 people
Constant Dullaart – Thomas Knoll (Dolomites #1 + Spectrum Cathedral Medium), 2013

Social Networks as the Only Indicators of Value

Dullaart’s work has been published internationally in printed and online editions, and exhibited in New York, Moscow, Berlin and Amsterdam. He has also curated several shows and lectured at the universities throughout Europe. His work explores contemporary methods of access, visibility and understanding of the content associated with the global spread of innovative technologies. Emphasizing the fact that today artists have a chance to produce and share their content faster than before, everything depends on social relevance. It is no longer important who you know, but who follows you.

Constant Dullaart lives and works in Berlin.

Featured image: Constant Dullaart – Artist portrait, 2012, photo © Jiri Volejnik
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Constant DullaartFuture Gallery, Berlin, Germany Solo
2016Electronic Super Highway White Chapel, LondonGroup
2016Neo Liberal Lulz Carroll Fletcher, LondonGroup
2015The Possibility of an Army Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany Solo
2015Jennifer Futura, Prague, Czech RepublicSolo
2015Opening Times London, United KingdomSolo
2015Filter economy and quantified social capital Dutch National Bank, Amsterdam, NL - ABC with Future Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2015The Censored Internet Aksioma, Ljubliana, SloveniaSolo
2015Find your Beach Kurator, RapperswillGroup
2015Follow Fact, Liverpool, UKGroup
2015Sign of the Times Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, NL Group
2015Kvalitar Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2015Planet Hype Museum of the Image, Breda, NetherlandsGroup
2015Then they form us Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA Group
2015YouTube Kunsthaus Langenthal, CHGroup
2015Algorithmic Rubbish Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL Group
2015Mijn Vlakke Land Foto Museum Antwerpen, BelgiumGroup
2015Muse Frans Hals museum, de Hallen, Haarlem, NetherlandsGroup
2015When I give, I give myself van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Group
2015Vystava Plato, Ostrava, Czech RepublicGroup
2015Panopticon UMOCA, Salt Lake City, USAGroup
2015PEBCAK IMHO, HEK Liste 2015, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Hamster Hipster Handy Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany Group
2015Digital - Analog: Indifferenz Motorenhalle, Dresden, GermanyGroup
2014High Retention Slow Delivery Jeu de Paume-espace virtuel, Paris, France Solo
2014Stringendo Vanishing Mediators, Carroll Fletcher, London, UKSolo
2014Brave New Panderers XPO Gallery, Paris, France Solo
2014Bose Clowns HMKV, Dortmund, Germany Group
2014BALCONISMMoMart, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2014The Fluidity Aspect Todays Art 2014, The Hague, Netherlands Group
2014MegaraveKunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland Group
2014Treasure of Lima TBA21, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2014Net.Art painters and poets City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia Group
2014Les Immaterieux for instance Kunstverrein Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup Painters and PoetsCity Art Museum Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia Group
2014Real Imaginary Futures Bureau Europa Maastricht, Netherlands Surplus Living, KM Temporaer, BerlinGroup
2014Online - Offline - Encoding Everyday Life Transmediale, Berlin, Germany Group
2013Jennifer in Paradise Future Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013Jennifer in Paradise Import Projects, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013Casting a Wide net Postmasters, New York, USAGroup
2013Come all ye Faithful Seedorf residence, Zurich, Switzerland Group
2013Bohemia Moscow Bienale, Russia RunGroup
2013Computer Run Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland Group
2013Summer Splash 2 DAM, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Offline-art: Hardcore Kasseler Kunstverrein, Germany Group
2013Tactical Magick Cast Gallery, Hobart, AustraliaGroup
2013Sight and Sound Festival Eastern Bloc, Montreal, USAGroup
2013Brand Innovations for Ubiquitious authorship Carroll Fletcher, London, UK Group
2013SECONDO ANNIVERSARIO Seventeen Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013From Here on Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain Group
2013UnknownClub Transmediale, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Sight & Sound Eastern Bloc, Montreal, CAGroup
2013Art Geneve Future Gallery, Genevea, Switzerland Group
2013Offline Art Xpo Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2013In that weird AgeClub Transmediale, Berlin, Germany Group
2012Onomatopoeia Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA Solo
2012HEALING Fabio Paris Gallery, Brescia, ItalySolo
2012Treffpunkt Internet speedshow, Berlin, GermanySolo
2012Analogital UMOCA, Salt Lake City, USAGroup
2012Online Mythologies Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia Group
2012Collect the Wwworld 319 Scholes, New York, USAGroup
2012Not by Default DAM, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012Hot, DVD dead drop Museum of the Moving Image, New York, USA Group
2012Streamlines Kansas Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2012Collect the Wwworld Haus fu¨r elektronische Ku¨nste, Basel, Switzerland Group
2012From here on Fotomuseum, Antwerpen, BelgiumGroup
2012DOTCOM Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, FranceGroup
2012GIF’s 4 life Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland Group
2012Tranceiver Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha. USA Group
2012In-compatible Transmediale, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012The rescue of the Effects General Public, Berlin, Germany Group
2011Screen test CAC, Cincinnati, USAGroup
2011Collect the Wwworld the LINK center, Brescia, Italy Group
2011Transcendental Empiricism Rob Tufnell, London, UK Group
2011Truck Gallery Calgary, USAGroup
2011Moscow Biennale, Moscow RussiaGroup
2011Genius without talent de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands Group
2011From here on Rencontre d’Arles, FranceGroup
2011Landart for a new Generation MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands Group
2011Gegen Null Binz39, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Filetype Gallery 400, Chicago, USAGroup
2011A Painting ShowAutocenter, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Curator Battle, Aaron Moulton v.s. Carson Chan Grimuseum, Berlin, Germany Group
2011Memery MassMoCA, Boston, USAGroup
2011Big screen project CultureHall, New York, USAGroup