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Jerszy Seymour

Germany/Canada — b. 1968

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Jerszy Seymour

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Jerszy Seymour

Biography

Jerszy Seymour is a designer working in the most expanded sense of the field. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. The goal is the transformation of reality guided by constant humour and a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK. His work spans from playing with the industrial and post-industrial produced object, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of mediums and materials, objects, film, performance, music and writing...

Jerszy Seymour is a designer working in the most expanded sense of the field. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. The goal is the transformation of reality guided by constant humour and a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK. His work spans from playing with the industrial and post-industrial produced object, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of mediums and materials, objects, film, performance, music and writing.

He was born in Berlin in 1968 to a Canadian mother and German father who were both ballet dancers. He grew up in London during the eclectic roller coaster of the eighties, where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) and industrial design at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started his own indepenent projects, including ‘House in a Box’ in 2002, ‘Scum’ in 2003, and the clothing concept ‘Tape’ in 2003. In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he formed the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society. In 2005 he created the ‘Brussels Brain’ installation, (Design Brussels), and, in 2007, the exhibition ‘Living Systems’ (Vitra Design Museum) to investigate the individual economy. In 2008 the installation ‘The First Supper’ (MAK, Vienna) proposed the possibility of an ‘amateur’ society; this was followed by ‘Salon des Amateurs’ (Marta Herford, 2009) and the ‘Coalition of Amateurs’ (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009). He was also invited to show a retrospective of his work at Villa Noailles (France), creating the exhibition ‘Being There’. These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this he also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra, Alessi. Seymour is represented by Galerie CRONE in Berlin and Galerie Kreo in Paris. His work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and Berlin and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’Art Contemporain’ France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ´Musée d’Art Grand-Duc Jean´ in Luxembourg.

As an integral part of the philosophy of the Workshop, he teaches and gives workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe, HBK Saarbrucken, the Vitra Design Workshops in France, UdK in Berlin, and the Strelka Institute, Moscow. In 2000 he was presented with the Dedalus Award for European Design and he received the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art in 2003. As a realization of the Amateur projects, Jerszy Seymour created 2011 the program and is director of ‘The Dirty Art Department’, the new Applied Art and Design Masters at the Sandberg Institute/Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam together with Catherine Geel, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, and Clemence Seilles.

His first solo exhibition « The Universe Wants To Play » at Galerie CRONE in Berlin was openned in April 2013.

‘New Dirty Enterprises’ is a series of works that are framed by the manifesto of the New Dirty Enterprises presented at abc contemporary art fair in Berlin in 2013:

The already realised series of works includes Extra National Assembly #1, The Council for the Progenesis of the Archaic Festival, Cinematic Dream Production Multichrome #1, Guerilla Hot Tub Services: Hyperplasmic Composition #1, The First Annual Report and Energy Totems #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

Solo Shows

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Solo Show

January 11 - February 22, 2003

Group Shows

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Group Show

September 25 - December 24, 2019

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Group Show

September 12 - October 22, 2016

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Group Show

September 06 - October 31, 2014

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Group Show

September 12 - October 31, 2009

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Group Show

June 13 - July 25, 2009

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Group Show

May 28 - July 23, 2005

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Group Show

November 15 - December 20, 2003