As a South African artist split between London and Pretoria, I perform multiple roles as computer programmer, videographer, composer and performance artist. My art practice mainly serves as a means to ponder, transform and satisfy my own socio-political anxieties. Here Art and Science allow me to uncover the causes and symptoms of my somewhat schizophrenic concerns. Through the use of masquerade, mimicry and humour I navigate my entrapment within the post-human and postcolonial conditions with an emphasis on the fragility of relation and ultimately the politics and value of trust.
I expand this fascination with trust through multiple collaborative projects including FLAT 34 and wasis.today, both of which aim to challenge the "universalised mirage" of aesthetics.
Nelmarie du Preez (b. 1985) is a South African artist based in Pretoria and London working in the fields
of performance, photography, video and computational arts. In 2014 she completed her MFA Fine Art
at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also completed her MA in Computational Arts (2013).
Recently she formed part of the London Open 2015 at the Whitechapel Gallery (London), formed part of Home Works 7 at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut) and was selected for the International Digital Arts Biennale (Montreal). In the past two years she has been shortlisted for six significant international art awards and is the winner of the 2015 Sasol New Signatures. She was also selected as a 2015 Ampersand Foundation Fellow.
Du Preez is currently a lecturer in Visual Arts and New Media at the University of South Africa.
2013 – 2014: MFA Fine Art (Cum Laude) - Goldsmiths University of London, London
2012 – 2013: MA Computational Arts (Cum Laude) - Goldsmiths University of London, London
2011 – 2012: Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts (Honours Level) (Magna Cum Laude) - University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria
2008 – 2010: B.A. (Culture and Arts) with specialisation in Audiovisual Multimedia - University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria
2004 – 2007: B.A. Theology and Psychology - North West University (NWU), Potchefstroom
Room Gallery, Johannesburg, SA. April-June.
The Ampersand Foundation, New York, US. January.
arebyte Gallery, London, UK. June.
Four video works in the Emile Stipp Collection.
Four video works in Mercedes Vilardell Collection.
1 Photographic work bought by private collector.
4 Photographic works in the UNISA Art collection, Pretoria.
Sasol New Signatures – Winner
Arts Council England – Project Funding
Barclays L’Atelier – Merit Award
Bath Open Art Prize – Winner
Seasons SA-UK and National Film and Video Fund - Project Funding
Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Shortlisted for Kim Fielding Award
Shortlisted for Aspen Online Art Award
Judges Prize winner for Bad Behaviour Open
Shortlisted for Chimera Art Prize
Shortlisted for ACME Goldsmiths Studio Award
Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Shortlisted for Red Mansion Art Prize
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust - Postgraduate Funding
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – Postgraduate Funding
National Arts Council – Postgraduate Studies Bursary
Top Student for Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts – UNISA
Conrad Theys Artist Merit Bursary Award from UNISA
Merit Award for Top 2 multimedia student – UNISA
SASOL New Signatures - Winner, Pretoria Art Museum. 7 September - 7 October.
Loops of Relation - Solo-Project presented by Room Gallery, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, ZA.
wasis.today, Room Gallery, Johannesburg, SA. 7 July - 5 August.
Autonomous Times, arebyte gallery, London, UK. 1 October – 13 November.
wasis.today at Artklop, Aardklop Festival, Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom, ZA
wasis.today presented by Room Gallery, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, ZA.
wasis.today as part of 'WakaWaka' exhibition, Agog Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA.
Reason and Its Discontent, His Majety's Asylum, Makandula (Grahamstown), ZA.
The International Digital Arts Biennale (BIAN), Montreal, CA.
ELEKTRA 17 | Automata, Montreal, CA.
Fix, Found Collective, 012Central, Pretoria, ZA.
As We Know It - Future Mythologies of the End, The Chopping Block Gallery, London, UK.
Cyberfest, CYLAND, Made in New York Media Center by IFP, Pratt University, New York, US.
Cyberfest, CYLAND, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. 25 November – 2 December.
What Hope Looks Like After Hope, Home Works 7, Askhal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon. 12–24 November. Curator: Bassam El Baroni.
Cyberfest, CYLAND, SOFA, Bogota, Columbia. 29 October – 2 November.
SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, ZA. 3 September – 4 October. (catalogue)
Between Democracies 1989 - 2014: Commemoration and Memory, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, ZA. 1–30 September. Curators: Judy Peters & Richard Gregor.
Kiss me Gentleman, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, New York, USA. 4 September. Curator: Minou Norouzi.
London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK. 16 July – 6 September. (catalogue)
Barclays L’Atelier 2015, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA. 15 July – 28 August. (catalogue)
Turbine Art Fair as part of outoftheCUBE, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, ZA. 16-19 July
Response, UNISA Art Gallery, University of South Africa, Pretoria, ZA. 27 June – 31 July.
Hackney WickED, arebyte gallery, London, UK. 26-28 June.
Bath Open Art Prize, Fringe Bath Art Festival, Bath, UK. 1 – 7 June.
Fullscreen, Black Box 2.0, Seattle, US. 6 May – 7 June. Curator: Juliet Fryett
Bad Behaviour Collaborations, with Audrey Salmon, SixBrixton, London, UK.13–16 May.
April Salon: The Male Gaze - Women on Screen, The Feminist Library, London, UK. 25 April.
L’Atelier - Regional Finalists (Pretoria), Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria, ZA. 14-28 March.
Bad Behaviour Open, Brixton East, London, UK. 19-26 November.
El Cine Es Otra Cosa, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 21 November.
VISITS series, Curate Projects, The Oval, London, United Kingdom. 11 October.
Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of ICSM Symposium of 'Men and Masculinities', Izmir, Turkey. 11-13 September.
Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of the Noise Summer School 2014 'Political Aesthetics and Feminist Theory: Media, Art and Affect' at Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 28 August.
Latitude Festival, Suffolk, United Kingdom. 17-21 July.
Chelsea Salon, Cons Project, London, United Kingdom. 20 June.
Sheffield Fringe, Sheffield, United Kingdom. 7 June. Curator: Minou Norouzi.
Night of the Tin Tabernacle, The Tin Tabernacle, London, United Kingdom. 27 September. Curator: Tom Richards
NowHere 2013, St.James Hatcham Church, Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom. 12–16 September.
Exposure 2013, See.me NYC Gallery, New York, USA. 11–25 July 2013.
Goldsmiths Computing EXPO, Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom. 5 June.
Opening House, FLAT 34, London, United Kingdom. 1 March. Curator: Anne Breure.
Rememory, African and Carribean Cultural Week Exhibition, Goodenough College, London, United Kingdom. 25 February–2 March. Curators: Fouad Asfour, Imara Rolston, Sharlene Khan.
Tin Shed Gallery Launch, The Tin Shed – Goldsmiths University of London, London, United Kingdom. 13–31 November. Curators: Catherine Weir, Jonathan Monroe, Stephanie Horack.
AardKlop – ABSA L’Atelier Top 100, G12 North West University, Postchefstroom, South Africa. 24–29 September.
Happily Never After, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 2–27 July. Curator: Sharlene Khan.
ABSA L’Atelier Top 100 Finalists, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 18 July–23 August (catalogue).
Assemblege Launch Exhibition, Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios, Johannesburg,Sout Africa. 31 May–8 June. Curator: Mika Conradie.
ABSA L’Atelier Regional Finalists, Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. 9–17 March.
Unisa Advanced Diploma Exhibition, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. 28 January–10 February.
Top 100 Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa. 31 August–2 October (catalogue).
Agter die berge - Joburg Fringe Video Berlin, Haus 19, Berlin, Germany. 26 May–11 June. Curators: Claudia Shneider and Christine Gruss.
UNISA Final Year Exhibition, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. 4 December–21 January 2011.
Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Jonannesburg, South Africa. 3–5 April.
INTERVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS ON THE ARTIST:
Opperman, A.J. Self-portret is digitaal, BEELD. 9 September.
Moulon, D. L’art fait par les machines, pour les machines, Artpress. 24 June.
Moulon, D. THE BIAN MONTREAL: AUTOMATA, MediaArtDesign.net. June.
Schenker, D. Tense Relations: human vs. machine art and aesthetics at BIAN, Creative Applications Network. 17 June.
Stavrou, C. An Exploration of Diminishing 'Hope' & its Correlation to 'Constructive Alienation', Furtherfield. 22 Febuary.
Bailey, S. Real Edgy – A report from Home Works 7 and Athens Biennale 5 to 6, Ibraaz. 23 December. http://www.ibraaz.org/news/137
Quilty, J. A Curator’s Assault on Hope, The Daily Star – Lebanon. 19 November. (Print)
Bors, S. Autonomous Times: A Conversation with Nelmarie du Preez, Anti-Utopias. 11 November. https://anti-utopias.com/editorial/autonomous-times/
Hawkins, K. Autonomous Times: Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, Digicult. 30 October. http://www.digicult.it/news/autonomous-times-an-interview-with-nelmarie-du-preez/
SABC News, Morning Live – TV Interview at 06:39 on 29 October. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w_go2Vyu5s&feature=youtu.be&t=1m18s
Holmes, K. Taming the Pack of Feral, Flame-Throwing Robots, The Creators Project. 15 October. http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/taming-the-pack-of-feral-flame-throwing-robots
Aesthetica Magazine, Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, AT: Autonomous Times, Arebyte Gallery, London, 1 October. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/interview-with-nelmarie-du-preez-at-autonomous-times- arebyte-gallery-london/
Art Times, Sasol New Signatures - Rising Star, October. http://issuu.com/arttimes/docs/south_african_art_times_october_201_a59b5ea319160a/c/scbzykf
Creative Feel, Sasol New Signatures 2015, 2 October, http://creativefeel.co.za/2015/10/sasol-new-signatures-2015/
RSG radio interview with Christel Webb-Joubert, Sasol Nuwe Handtekeninge-kompetisie. 8 September. http://www.rsg.co.za/images/upload/sound/klanke/20150908_RSG_KUNS_Wenners_Sasol_Nuwe_ Handtekeninge_2015.mp3 Tait, M. Shout, Shout it all out, DE KAT, October.
BEELD, AJ. Opperman, Kyk & Luister: Nelmarie du Preez,
UNISA, CHS wins big at the 2015 Barclays L’Atelier,
Blouin Artinfo, Discover the Next Batch of Art Stars at The London Open 2015, http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1211094/discover-the-next-batch-of-art-stars-at-the-london-open-2015#
GQ Magazine, 5 Emerging London Artists You Need To Know,
FAD Magazine, The London Open 2015 Q&A with South African artist Nelmarie du Preez, http://fadmagazine.com/2015/07/16/nelmarie-du-preez/
Traction Magazine, In conversation with Susie Pentelow.
In conversation with Bronac Ferran for Neural Magazine on Don City Radio, 27 June.
Digicult, Arebyte Gallery - A Conversation with Director Nimrod Vardi,
Aspen Art Collection, Aspen Online Art Award - The Shortlist.
Rajgopal, Ambika. Two Artists Trapped in One Soul. Avenir Magazine, Issue 2.
Pei, Lina. Loss of the Body – Documentary. Artist Interview. Premier Screening: 4-8 July, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths.
Aldrige, J. (ed.). Exposure 2011. Artist Wanted: New York
Schwab, V. Winter Topic: Art and Social Issues. Emergent Art Space. (Feb) http://emergentartspace.org/art/5305/
ABSA L’Atelier. Top 100 Catalogue. ABSA.
RSG radio interview on Befonk hosted by Haidee Muller. 06 July. 19:30-19:40.
Lambrecht, B. Kunstenaars Bekyk Onvervulbare Drome (2012). Die Burger. 07 July. http://18.104.22.168/argief/berigte/dieburger/2012/07/07/SK/14/bettie_onderhoud.html
Holmes, A. The Happily Never After Exhibition - Showcasing at the AVA Gallery (2012).The Cape Town Magazine. 12 July. http://www.capetownmagazine.com/events/The-Happily-Never-After-Exhibition/2012-07-02/11_37_54516
Sasol New Signatures. Top 100 Catalogue. Sasol.
Naicker, K. ‘South African issues make art at Berlin’. Inspired. Vol.7, No. 2 (November). Pp. 30.
Naicker, K. ‘Turning Concepts into Art’. Inspired. Vol.7, No.1 (May). Pp. 9.
Autonomous Workshop, London South Bank University, Hub67, London, UK. 3 November.
Artist Talk, Autonomous Labour, arebyte gallery, London, UK. 3 November.
The Act of Shaming (Paper presentation), Between Democracies, EESA Conference, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 15 March.
Artist Talk, Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Computing, London. 12 November.
Cross-Bang Workshops coordinator, Goldsmiths, Departments of Computing and Fine Art. January – May.
Associate Curator, The Tin Shed, Goldsmiths University of London.
Collaborative Curatorial Project. FLAT 34 - Exhibition/talks, London, United Kingdom. (On-going).
Artist Talk, UNISA – Department of Art History, Visual Art and Musicology, Pretoria. August.
Walkabout Guide, MTN Art Collection – Messages and Meaning Exhibition, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria. March.
Artist Talk, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg. March.