previews

  • Simon Denny

    Portikus
    Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
    July 11–September 7

    Curated by Sophie von Olfers

    From the television set’s changing form to the switch-over from analog to digital broadcasting, up through the evolving culture of the tech industry itself, Simon Denny mines the intersecting histories of media technology and cultural production, making sculptures, videos, installations, and events that often reflect in unexpected ways on the context of their exhibition. At Portikus, Denny—who is representing New Zealand in the 2015 Venice Biennale—revisits a pivotal moment in the history of Samsung Electronics known as the Frankfurt Declaration. In June 1993, at the city’s Falkenstein Grand Kempinski hotel, company chairman Lee Kun-hee delivered a three-day speech outlining his philosophy of “New Management,” a set of principles now credited with creating the corporate culture that transformed Samsung from a second-tier television brand into the world’s most powerful electronics manufacturer. Denny will present an entirely new body of work, adding another chapter to his ongoing archaeology of culture, media, and the ideologies that drive them.