Exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Apr–May 2024

Showed drawing “aphorism” from A to Z project as part of Erregung öffentlicher Freude [Incitement of Public Happiness], an exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin curated by Ellen DeElaine & Sandra Schlipkoeter exploring the idea of cheerfulness in challenging times.

Book chapter published
19 Aug 2024

Chapter Eight Variants of Tactical Absurdity in (Post)Conceptual Art: An Overperformance of Typological Exactitude included in book Contemporary Absurdities, Existential Crises, and Visual Art, edited by Katherine Guinness and Charlotte Kent. Published by Intellect books, Contemporary Absurdities is an edited collection of essays that seeks to explore 'how our contemporary moment is absurd and how absurdity is a useful, potentially radical tool within the contemporary.'

Open Studios, Berlin
Dec 2023

Showed recent and in-progress work as part of open studio event at Atelierhaus Adlershof, Berlin, including documentation of five-hour improv performance A to Z: Eagle to Eyelet, Improvised, and a preview of the next installment of A to Z, in which my own children bring the F-words to life.

Work featured in Practice Sharing II
Autumn 2023

A to Z: Eagle to Eyelet, Improvised and Referendum Night featured in Practice Sharing II, an 'online presentation/publication of expanded approaches to language-based practice within the field of artistic research,' organised by the Society for Artistic Research Special Interest Group (Emma Cocker, Alexander Damianisch, Cordula Daus, and Lena Séraphin).

Improv performance at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Sep 2023

Five-hour improv performance Eagle to Eyelet, Improvised (latest installment of ongoing project A to Z) staged at HilbertRaum, Berlin as part of exhibition themed around language, When Words Fail. Performed by a team of improvisors (Dave Ball, Conor Fallon, Beatrix Joyce, Vicky Lane, Akash Ravi, Ilana Ullman & Ross Warren), 309 successive one-minute scenes based on each of the 309 E-words in the dictionary were created live in front of an audience.

Exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Sep 2023

Curatorial project When Words Fail shown at HilbertRaum, Berlin. The exhibition brought together a group of artists whose works explore what happens when the ordinary functioning of language starts to break down. Featured the work of Dave Ball, Anke Becker, Erik Bünger, Ivor Cutler, Lise Harlev, and Pablo Pijnappel, and included the performance A to Z: Eagle to Eyelet, Improvised.

Exhibition at Tryst Alternative Art Fair
27–29 Oct 2023

Showing drawing from series Gem?ldegalerie Hands at Tryst Alternative Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles as part of an exhibition organised by Anke Völk of HilbertRaum, Berlin.

Post-World Podcast interview
Jun 2023

Dave Ball: Art, Absurdity, and Life is an extended interview with Pablo Denegri about my work and career, recorded for the Post-World Podcast at Karl Marx Studios in Berlin. Post-World Podcast is a 'bunker-born series of in-depth interviews that explores culture and society through the lens of our guests.'

Exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Apr 2023

Showed video Three Months (Bach, an Autodidact, and a Tree) as part of Sounding the Depths, Casting Oneself Head First, Yearning, a group exhibition curated by Nat Tafelmacher-Magnat and Tobias Sternberg at HilbertRaum, Berlin.

Exposition published in VIS artistic research journal
Nov 2022

Exposition A to Z: Visualising Every Word in the Dictionary in Alphabetical Order published in peer-reviewed journal VIS: Nordic Journal for Artistic Research. Edited by Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba, VIS #8 brings together seven expositions under the theme ?rules and alternatives? in order to ‘question and dissolve the gap between rules and alternatives by fusing, obliterating and subverting that dichotomy.’

Neustart Kultur project funding awarded
May 2022

Neustart Kultur project funding awarded by Stiftung Kunstfonds to develop the next part of A to Z, or a related spin-off project, based on exploring the techniques of improvisational theatre as a means of visualising words and concepts.

The “D”-words are completed !
Jan 2022

The 487th “D”-word, “dystopia”, has now been drawn (with my eyes closed), thus completing the fourth instalment of the A to Z project, A to Z: The Ds (Blind Drawings), after an intermittent three-and-a-half years of work. An interview with Melanie Zagrean (see below) documents my thoughts as the project draws to a close.

Nov 2021

A to Z: An Interview with Dave Ball is an extended interview with Melanie Zagrean of Galerie Art Claims Impulse about my A to Z project. Originally live streamed on 12 November 2021, a 30-minute edited version is now available to watch.

Open Studios, Berlin
Nov 2021

Showed new and in-progress work as part of open studio event at Atelierhaus Adlershof, Berlin.

Exhibition at Feldfünf, Berlin
Sep 2021

Showed selected drawings from A to Z: The Ds (Blind Drawings) as part of Emotionally Confronted Through Distance, a group exhibition curated by Pierre Wolter and Melanie Zagrean from Galerie Art Claims Impulse at Feldf?nf, Berlin.

New work completed
Mar 2021

New durational performative work Three Months (Bach, an Autodidact, and a Tree) completed. The resulting video charts my repeated visits to the same oak tree near my home for the time it took to learn to play a piano piece by Bach. A short preview of the full 25-minute video is available online.

PhD awarded
Sep 2020

After almost five years of work, my practice-based doctoral research project The Use of Tactical Absurdity in (Post‑)Conceptual Art Practice was approved by Winchester School of Art/University of Southampton, and I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The PhD culminated in a solo exhibition of new work Tactically Absurd at Winchester Gallery in Feb-Mar 2020, supported by a written thesis.

Group exhibition at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Sep 2020

Selected drawings from A to Z project shown as part of Werkschau, an exhibition of gallery artists at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin, programmed to coincide with Berlin Art Week.

Two-person exhibition at Feldfünf, Berlin
Jul 2020

New installation of A to Z project shown as part of He Told Me to Remain Silent, a two-person exhibition with Jörg Piringer curated by Galerie Art Claims Impulse at Feldf?nf, Berlin.

Article published in Writing Visual Culture journal
Jun 2020

Essay Doing Things Alphabetically: Sartre’s Autodidact and Tactically Absurd Practice published in peer-reviewed journal Writing Visual Culture, Volume 9, ‘Artists and the Philosophers We Love,’ edited by Alana Jelinek.

Solo exhibition at Winchester Gallery, UK
Feb-Mar 2020

Works including A to Z, Referendum Night, I Did It for the Reasons I Said I Did It, How Flat is It Its Really Flat (Alice), and Searching for the Welsh Landscape shown in solo exhibition Dave Ball: Tactically Absurd at Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK. Exhibition formed part of PhD research at Winchester School of Art.

Exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Mar 2020

Showed sound installation What We?ll be Doing is Talking about the Various Things that We?re Doing as part of exhibition Un-Cancelled at HilbertRaum, Berlin.

Article published in Performance Research journal
Jul 2019

Essay Searching for the Perfect Welsh Mountain: A Performance of Tactical Absurdity published in peer-reviewed journal Performance Research, Volume 24, Issue 2, ‘On Mountains,’ guest edited by Jonathan Pitches and David Shearing.

Artists and the Philosophers We Love symposium, Herts
Jun 2019

Presented paper Doing Things Alphabetically: Sartre?s Autodidact and Tactically Absurd Practice as part of symposium Artists and the Philosophers We Love at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK. The event, which sought to ‘explore the relationship of art to philosophy from the perspective of practising artists,’ was organised by the Theorising Visual Art and Design (TVAD) research group, led by Dr Alana Jelinek. It aimed to ‘examine how art can engage with, and contribute to the theoretical problems of philosophy, and offer a critical rethinking of philosophies re-imagined and interrogated through art practice.’

Open Studios, Berlin
May 2019

Showed new and in-progress work as part of open studio event at Atelierhaus Adlershof, Berlin.

Solo exhibition at Gallery Oldham, UK
Nov 2018-Mar 2019

Showed A to Z project as a solo exhibition A to Z: The First Seven Years at Gallery Oldham, Manchester, UK. The exhibition presented more than 1,700 drawings and photographs, representing the letters A, B and C of the dictionary.

Retreat residential workshop, Northumberland, UK
Feb 2019

Took part in Retreat, a week-long residential workshop in Northumberland, UK, described by organiser Michael Whitby as ‘an opportunity to enjoy communal living and intensely debate artistic practices’ with participants that include ‘a range of creative people, including artists, gallerists, choreographers, musicians and theatre practitioners.’

Artist’s tour at Gallery Oldham, Manchester, UK
Feb 2019

Artist’s talk and tour of solo exhibition A to Z: The First Seven Years at Gallery Oldham, Manchester, UK. The talk was structured through the use of an online random word generator, with the audience being led to the image corresponding to whichever word was thrown up.

Exhibition at O Tannenbaum, Berlin
Dec 2018

Showed text-collage work Marley Was Dead as part of the Perennial Art / O Tannenbaum Christmas card exhibition at O Tannenbaum, Berlin. The exhibition was curated by Witte Wartena.

The “C”-words are completed !
25 Oct 2018

The 829th, 830th and 831st “C”-words, “cynic”, “cypress” and “cyst”, have now been photographed, thus completing the third instalment of the A to Z project, A to Z: All the Cs (Through the Lens of My Camera) after four long years. All 831 photographs were shown as part of a solo exhibition at Gallery Oldham, UK from Nov 2018 to Mar 2019 (see above).

Open Studio, Berlin
Jul 2018

Showed new and in-progress work as part of an open studio event at Atelierhaus Adlershof, Berlin.

Performing Mountains Symposium, Leeds
Mar 2018

Presented Searching for the Welsh Mountains project as part of symposium Performing Mountains at the University of Leeds. Aiming to ‘debate and trouble the boundaries of mountain culture,’ the event was ‘dedicated to understanding some of the complexities of this new field of research, extending its interest with a focus on the live and performed.’ The project was organised by Jonathan Pitches, David Shearing, and Linda Watson, and was funded by the AHRC.

Exhibition at The Drawing Hub, Berlin
Dec 2017

Showed series of drawings as part of Silent Art Auction, a fundraising exhibition curated by Jan-Philipp Fruesorge at The Drawing Hub, Berlin. The show included the work of over 100 artists including Marcel van Eeden, Bettina Krieg, Nadine Fecht, Franziska Furter, Eric Giriat, Pierre Granoux, Astrid Köppe, Valentin Lubberger, Karin Ströbel, Nadja Schöllhammer, and Martin Skauen.

Talk at Schillerpalais, Berlin
Nov 2017

Presented Absurdity, Absurdity, and Absurdity as part of Conversas #26 alongside Jenny Fadranski and Joab Nist. Conversas is a series of events organised by Sabrina Basten and Sarie Nijboer, aiming to ‘to create a conversation, a discussion, a dialogue.’ Aspects of my PhD research into absurdity were discussed, alongside a screening of my performance for video, Hill Walking.

Exhibition at Villa Arson, Nice
Jun-Sep 2017

Installation Pink Wafer Equivalent VIII shown as part of exhibition Point Quartz: Flower of Kent at Villa Arson, Nice, France. Curated by Frédéric Bauchet, the show was ‘an in situ installation occupying the 300 square metres of the Villa Arson’s Galerie Carrée, conceived as a garden with flowerbeds that have turned into a landscape,’ and featured the work of, amongst others, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jules-Aimé Dalou, Cameron Jamie, Bertrand Lavier, and Sterling Ruby.

Performance event at Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Sep 2017

Newly-written text I Did It My Way featured as part of performance event Punctuation Marks in an Eternal Sentence: The Show, inspired by a video by Ynin Shillo.

Solo exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Nov 2016-Jan 2017

Searching for the Welsh Landscape was a solo exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, consisting of a body of new work exploring the connection between landscape and national identity, centred on an absurd search for the perfect Welsh hill. The show was supported through an Arts Council of Wales production grant, and was opened by travel writer and broadcaster Mike Parker.

Exhibition catalogue published
Sep 2016

Fabriquer l’improbable / To Make the Improbable catalogue published in Montreal in conjunction with the 2013 residency and exhibition at Est-Nord-Est in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada. Features documentation of The Museum of Uninteresting Experience, along with essays by Dominique Allard and Véronique Leblanc.

Screening at Cinema City, Jerusalem
Dec 2016

Showed video I Think That’s Best for Both of Us (Lance and Oprah) at AVI Festival 2016 at Cinema City, Jerusalem.

Exhibition at Winchester School of Art
Oct 2016

Showed installation Pink Wafer Equivalent VIII as part of conference Minimalism: Location Aspect Moment at Winchester School of Art. The event was organised by Paul Hegarty, Sarah Hayden and Ryan Bishop, in conjunction with the John Hansard Gallery.

Exhibition at Palazzo Ducale, Mantua
Sep 2016

Showed installation I’ve Always Wanted to Drive Across America as part of exhibition Travelogue at Cantine di Vincenzo, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, Italy. Curated by Matteo Bittanti, the group show focused on the car as ‘a rhetorical device functioning as a mode of representation,’ and included artists working with digital media who ‘use driving and simulated movement as a critical lens through which to experience the world.’ The exhibition formed part of Festivaletteratura 2016.

Exhibition at Farbvision, Berlin
Sep 2016

Showed one of a new series of drawings Road Signs (Proposal for a Hypothetical Intervention) at Farbvision, Berlin as part of fundraising exhibition A Blind Auction.

Residency at Nottingham Trent University
Jul 2016

Participated in two-week Summer Lodge residency at Nottingham Trent University. Summer Lodge is a research event taking the form of ‘a collective space in which to undertake experiments, pursue new ideas and allow unexpected leaps of imagination,’ which aims to ‘initiate new dialogues and critical exchange through engaging together in a period of sustained studio/workshop practice.’ Works initiated during the residency include the installation Arms Reaching, Smiling Sweetly.

Exhibition at Group Global 3000, Berlin
Jan-Mar 2016

Showed installation I’ve Always Wanted to Drive Across America as part of exhibition Travelling/Reisen at Group Global 3000 project space in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The show took a critical look at our desire to travel, examining its environmental impact, and exploring possible alternatives.

Exhibition at HilbertRaum, Berlin
Aug-Sep 2015

Showed drawings from A to Z: Babble to Byte (from Memory) as part of three-person exhibition Media Ambages at HilbertRaum, Berlin, alongside Paula Saraste and Nathalie Tafelmacher-Magnat.

Exhibition at Optica, Montreal
Apr-Jun 2015

Participatory work Dinner Party featured as part of Polyphonies, an exhibition curated by Véronique Leblanc at Optica, Montreal. The show brought together works constructed along ‘polyphonic lines,’ seeking to highlight ‘issues raised by art practices based on participatory and performative processes and involving a plurality of voices.’ The inclusion of Dinner Party – a collaboration with Oliver Walker – was supported by the British Council Canada.

Exhibition at Group Global 3000, Berlin
Oct-Nov 2014

Showed Being Somewhere as part of Slowness/Langsamkeit, a group exhibition at Group Global 3000 project space, Berlin. The exhibition took a critical look at our increasingly fast-paced world, and asked how a culture of slowness could look, socially and individually.

Exhibition at Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway
Sep-Oct 2014

Showed 100 drawings from A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle at Picaresque at Ha Gamle Prestegard, Naerbo, Norway. The group exhibition, curated by Debbie Lawson, explored themes of meandering journeys and the picaresque, and also featured the work of Guy Allott, Colin Guillemet, Emma Hart, Dai Jenkins, Peter Jones, Debbie Lawson and Helen Nodding.

Residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Mar-May 2014

Three-month residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Aberystwyth, Wales, at one of the venue’s Thomas Heatherwick-designed studios. Research and development undertaken during the residency led to the Searching for the Welsh Landscape series of projects, which culminated in a solo show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2016/17.

Exhibition at Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham
Feb-Apr 2014

Showed new series of drawings Babies Eating Lemons as part of Fabric, a group exhibition at Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, Wales, curated by Janne Malmros.

Performance at Centrum, Berlin
Nov 2013

Performed A Curiously Unremarkable Journey at Centrum in Berlin as part of Sense and Non-Sense: A Festival of Absurdism by Matthew Crookes. The performance was a reworking of the Quebec residency project The Museum of Uninteresting Experience, which originally took the form of a site-specific installation.

Exhibition at Atelier 35, Bucharest
Oct-Nov 2013

Showed video work Being Somewhere as part of Stranded Travelers at Atelier 35 in Bucharest, Romania. The exhibition was curated by Adriana Blidaru and explored contemporary notions of travel.

Conference at ICA, London
Oct 2013

Presented Dinner Party project with Oliver Walker as part of conference Lifting the Curtain: On Audience and Authorship at ICA, London. The event explored the “indispensible input” of the audience in contemporary art practices, and was co-facilitated by performance company Accidental Collective, Chris Johnston (Argument Room/Rideout) and Duska Radosavljevic (University of Kent).

Exhibition at Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht
Sep-Oct 2013

Showed selected drawings from A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle as part of group exhibition The Picture Show at Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht, Netherlands, curated by Witte Wartena.

Residency and exhibition at Est-Nord-Est, Quebec
Jul-Sep 2013

Showed The Museum of Uninteresting Experience as part of exhibition To Make the Improbable, curated by Dominique Allard and Véronique Leblanc. The project was developed during a seven-week residency at Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada, and was jointly funded by Est-Nord-Est and Wales Arts International.

Exhibition at Preview Art Fair, Berlin
Sep 2013

Selected drawings from A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle shown by Galerie Art Claims Impulse at Preview Berlin Art Fair 2013.

Solo exhibition at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
Jun-Jul 2013

Complete series of 461 drawings from A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle shown in a solo exhibition at Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin. The drawings form the opening part of the ongoing A to Z series of projects, consisting of a drawing for every “A” word in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, produced in alphabetical order. The slide projection work The Supremacy of Thought (The Ineffectiveness of Action) was also shown.

Exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales
Jun-Sep 2013

Showed Dinner Party, a collaborative work with Oliver Walker, as part of Be Our Guest at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales.

Screening at Galerie Futura, Berlin
May 2013

Showed new video work The Collected Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons Jokes as part of Kantine Chapters at Galerie Futura (Alpha Nova-Kulturwerkstatt), Berlin. The event accompanied the Getrude Stein-themed exhibition Suppose an Eyes featuring Lady Lucy, Jacqueline Utley and Flora Whiteley.

Exhibition at University of Derby
Dec 2012-Feb 2013

Slide projection work The Supremacy of Thought (The Ineffectiveness of Action) shown as part of The Alumni Show at the University of Derby’s Markeaton Street gallery, Derby. Curated by Robert Clarke and Caroline Locke, the exhibition featured work by ex-University of Derby students who have ‘achieved a notable level of professional and creative success within the national and international art world.’

Exhibition at 1Shantiroad, Bangalore
Jan 2013

Showed sculptural work Rubber Duck as part of exhibition We Were Trying to Make Sense at 1Shantiroad, Bangalore, India, curated by Matthew Krishanu.

Screening and talk at Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin
Dec 2012

Showed video Being Somewhere, followed by a discussion of the work with curator James Harper, as part of exhibition Blows to the Temple at Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin. The project was curated by residents at Node Center for Curatorial Studies.