Harm van den Dorpel

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Harm van den Dorpel
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Known forConceptual art, installation art, sculpture, collage, Internet art, Postinternet art
Awardsnet based award, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel (2016)

Harm van den Dorpel (born 1981 in Zaandam, The Netherlands) is a Berlin-based conceptual artist.

His work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, the United States, Italy, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

His broad practice includes the creation of sculpture, collage, computer animation, computer generated graphics[1][2] and interaction design. He is regarded a key figure in Post-Internet art.[3]

In his work he investigates how algorithms can analyse digital archives[4] and guide the artist in aesthetic decision taking, leading to a symbiosis of man-machine art creation.

Using computer programming he describes traditional notions in art, such as for example the free use of intuition and expression.[5] Conclusions from this research are then fed back in the production of new work.

His ultimate goal is to reveal the reasoning structure of his own consciousness, and his implicit associations and assumptions. In this process he borrows ideas from psychoanalysis, the writing of Jacques Derrida, and Artificial Intelligence (which he studied).[6]

He’s had institutional exhibitions at Museum Kurhaus Kleve, the New Museum[7] in New York, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing,[8] China, the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, and the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam.

In 2015 MAK Vienna acquired Harm van den Dorpel's Event Listeners and thereby became the first museum to purchase a work of art using bitcoins.[9]

Harm van den Dorpel is represented by American Medium[10] in New York, and Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam. He was previously represented by gallery Neumeister Bar-Am[11] in Berlin until they closed in 2017.

Between 2006 - 2010 he has been a creative programming teacher and interaction design teacher at private training centres and at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academie in Amsterdam.[12]

Harm van den Dorpel is co-founder of Left Gallery a gallery that produces and sells downloadable objects. Ownership of these objects is stored in a blockchain. The gallery opened in 2015.

Solo exhibitions[edit]


Death Imitates Language at Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin


IOU at Narrative Projects, London
Just In Time at American Medium, New York
Ambiguity points to the mystery of all revealing at Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin
Loomer at Young Projects, Los Angeles


Emergent Conclusions – room.thecomposingrooms.com


Release Early, Release Often, Delegate Everything You Can, be Open to the Point of Promiscuity at Abrons Art Center, New York


About at Wilkinson Gallery, London
The Mews Project Space, London


  1. ^ "Deep Tissue". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13.
  2. ^ "Ethereal Self".
  3. ^ "Post Internet". Gene McHugh.
  4. ^ "Dissociations at the New Museum".
  5. ^ "Interview Dazed and Confused".
  6. ^ "Interview Creators Project".
  7. ^ "Free at the New Museum".
  8. ^ "Art Post-Internet at the Ullens Center".
  9. ^ http://www.artnews.com/2015/04/24/mak-vienna-becomes-first-museum-to-acquire-art-using-bitcoin-a-harm-van-den-dorpel/
  10. ^ "Artist page at gallery website American Medium".
  11. ^ "Artist page at gallery website Neumeister Bar-Am".
  12. ^ "Staff page Rietveld Academie".[permanent dead link]

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