9 Dec 2023

Simon Denny: Optimism and the race to space

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am on 9 December 2023
Simon Denny

Simon Denny Photo: Nick Ash

Berlin-based New Zealand artist Simon Denny likes to explore and play with the intersections of art, power and new technology.

He represented New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale with "Secret Power" inspired by the fallout from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks and Five Eyes surveillance technology.

His 2018 exhibition "The Founder's Paradox", used the language and logic of board games to highlight competing utopian political visions for New Zealand’s future.

Denny's latest work "Optimism" is currently on view at Auckland Art Gallery. It consists of two hanging megastructures which are enlarged 3D-printed models of patent diagrams of rocket engine parts by Rocket Lab.