Mr. Daniel Shanken

Assistant Professor
Contemporary Art, Media Art

Daniel Shanken completed his BFA in Fine Art Media at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2006, and his MFA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths University of London in 2012. He is currently completing his PhD project entitled “Deep Render,” at the Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston University in London. He works primarily with installation, moving image, sculpture, and sound. His work has been shown internationally at venues such as ICA London, Art Basel Hong Kong, Whitechapel Gallery, CCA Glasgow, Nottingham Contemporary, CFCCA Manchester, V Art Center Shanghai, and Kiasma Helsinki.

Working across different disciplines and media, my research focuses on how meaning and perception are generated and altered through interactions with technology and external stimuli. My current research investigates the influence of information systems and how they are embedded within our cognitive processes. My practice attempts to render and engage these systems in a way that distorts and reimagines their output and mechanisms of production. Recent work involves the construction of moving image platforms that execute ongoing renderings of “real-time” or “live” material captured on the internet through custom algorithms. These platforms attempt to strip information from its original context to potentially reveal variant pathologies, patterns, and associations that are normally obscured by the vast amounts of data inhabited within filtered interfaces on- and offline.


2019: Nonconscious Cognition, ICA, London, UK

2018: We Are Publication, Focal Point Gallery, London, UK

2017: Corrupt Blood Incident, South Kiosk Gallery, London, UK

2016: Electric Blue, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2016: Son of Chippy 221, Solo Show, StudioRCA, London, UK

2016: Both Sides Now, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2016: Plural Melts, Yvonne Lambert, Berlin, Germany

2015: Both Sides Now, CFCCA, Manchester, UK and V Art Center, Shanghai, China

2015: Stateland, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2014: A Long Time Ago But Somehow In The Future, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2013: ACCRETION-SHIFT, Infernoesque, Solo Show, Berlin, Germany

2012: Sound Spill, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK

2016- current:

We Are Publication, Contemporary Art Research Centre, Kingston

University, London, UK


Son of Chippy 221, StudioRCA Riverlight, London, UK


Days of the Nones, A—Z, UK


A Long Time Ago But Somehow In The Future, Kiasma, Museum of

Contemporary Art, Finland


ACCRETION-SHIFT, Infernoesque, Germany


Art Licks magazine, Issue 12, four pages, (Published Internationally)


Jotta Magazine, Issue 3, Artist interview

2016- current: Kingston School of Art, Bursary

2015: Arts Council England Funding

2015: Both Sides Now Residency, K11 Art Foundation, Wuhan, China

2013: August Residency, Tenderpixel Gallery, London, UK

2012: London Art Now, selected by curator Lisa Le Feuvre

2010: Goldsmiths University of London, Bursary

Prior to joining AVA, I was an art practice tutor at Goldsmiths University and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London. My teaching methods stem from my artistic practice and are based on a strong sense of experimentation and critical inquiry into the reading and construction of artwork and information. An interest in perception and cognition also informs my teaching by providing an underlying framework for the material presented. I encourage the conceptual and material bridging of disciplines, amalgamating technological, practical, and theoretical elements.