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Dr David Mollin is an Associate Lecturer on BA (Hons) Sound Arts at London College of Communication.
He is an artist and writer concerned with ideas of contingency within the professionalised contemporary art world.
In particular he works with the effect of the attempts at power consolidation and commodification and those elements of the work that disappear as a result of such a process, rendering work critically incomplete.
This has led to an increasing interest in the use of writing and sound as a process of materialisation of an artwork that fails to materialise, living perpetually within discourse production; and it has founded a belief in collaborative work and in community as a source of empowerment.
Past shows include Century City as part of the Big Blue installation at Tate Modern, Gymnasion at the Bregenz Kunstverein, Sir®Eal, at Redux Project Space London and I Can’t Fight This Feeling at Crowe T. Brookes Gallery in St Louis, USA.
In addition, David has worked collaboratively with Matthew Arnatt on the projects The Lisson Gallery, David Mollin’s Lawyer paintings at a House in Bow and 100 Reviews.
Other publications with Alberta press include Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, The 50th Venice Biennale, co-authored with Matthew Arnatt and Peter Fillingham. He co-edited ‘ch-ch-ch-changes: Artsits talk about teaching’, with John Reardon, published by Ridinghouse, 2010.
Since 2010 he has been organising and instigating the arts programme, in collaboration with and for, the Swiss Church London. This has included an annual exhibition organised with Goldsmiths MFA curating course, as well as individual events and exhibitions. And since 2008 he has worked collaboratively with Salomé Voegelin.
Their collaborative installations, performances, compositions and text pieces often include further collaborators and take place internationally (e.g. Artisphere Washington DC, 2016, Dokumenta 14 Radio, 2017, Manifesto of Rural Futurism, Palermo 2018 and Melbourne Australia, 2019), and the Dystopia Sound Art Festival, Istanbul 2021.
They are currently working on a commission to design and realise a site-specific and participatory sound work for a new replacement build of a primary school in Bern Kleefeld, Switzerland. The program of this collaboration with the school will start in 2022. It will be ongoing for a minimum of five years and will involve a number of sound artists.
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