Samuel Dowd’s work incorporates sculpture, film, collage, photography and experimental writing. The films are predominantly closely observed non-narrative portraits of singular dwellings, landscapes and their inhabitants; enigmatic, intimate encounters with exhaustively nuanced spaces, forms, subjects and structures. He engages with furnishings, objects, architecture and language as manifestations of thought, of being-in-common. In recent years Dowd has pursued several exemplary strands of Gesamtkunstwerk – focusing on those who have taken avant-garde activity into the realm of the domestic and explored radical ways of living and making as the total work of art.
Born 1978, UK. Lives in Berlin, Germany.
2007 Dartington College of Arts: MA Visual Performance (Time-based Arts)
2003 – 2009 Lead artist, SpRoUt collective
2000- 2005 Freelance scenic artist, window display & garden design, London
1997 – 2000 Wimbledon School of Art: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture
Selected Exhibitons / Screenings
2015 Kopfzeile, Haarlinie, Fussnote, Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin
2014 There was this, uniquely… (solo), Sonntag, Berlin
2013 so ungefähr hat der Boden ausgesehen (solo), The Institute for Enquiring Minds, Munich,
Notes & Scratches, WestGermany, Berlin
2012 Selected Films, Rennes Biennale, Rennes
2012 BY-YOU-BY-ME-BY-WE, Twelve Around One Gallery, London
2012 Bare Breath, London Short Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse, London
2011 Les Televisions, French Riviera, London
2011 Disobedient Words, National Portrait Gallery, London
2010 A Living Room (solo), Permanent Gallery, Brighton
2010 Sweat Lodge, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2010 Tipping Points, HBC, Berlin
2010 3X3, FormContent, London
2009 Of Forces Unseen, of Sight Ascending (solo), Kornhaueschen Gallery, Aschaffenburg
2009 Lost Horizons, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2008 Manifesto Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London
2008 Salon of the Revolution. 29th Youth Salon. Mestrovic Pavillion, Zagreb
2008 Beyond the Pale Yellow Amusement Park, Campbell Works, London
2007 The Space Between, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2007 Go I know not whither, fetch I know not what, Galerja Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb
Corants. Colour super-16mm film, sound, 9 mins. 2013.
Roar! Colour super-16mm film, sound, 10 mins. 2012.
Bare Breath. Colour super-16mm film, sound, 20 mins. 2011.
Weave. Colour SD Video, sound, 6 mins. 2011.
After Rain. Colour and black & white super-8mm film, sound, 4 mins. 2011.
Scenes in the Desert House. Colour & b/w super 8mm film, sound, 9 mins. 2010.
Green. Colour 16mm and b/w super-8mm film, sound, 13 mins. 2010.
Gameplan. Black & white super-8mm film, sound, 3 mins. 2009.
The Glass Parallax. Black & white super-16mm film, sound, 5 mins. 2009.
Colour Forms. Colour super-8mm film, sound, 3 mins. 2008.
The Visible Invisible. Colour SD video, sound, 6 mins. 2007.
FromOneToAnother, The Institute for Enquiring Minds & Werkstatt Höflich (pub.) January 2014.
Aphrodite’s Left Turn – a screenplay, FormContent (pub.). Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Atelier Driebholz. May 2011.
The Spinning Rooms, Permanent Gallery publications. August 2010.
Residencies / Awards
Jan-Apr 2014 The Institute for Enquiring Minds fellowship, Munich
Jun-Jul 2011 Helsinki International Artists Projects, production residency
April 2011 Henry Moore Foundation publication grant
Jul-Aug 2010 Platform X (D) residency, Permanent Gallery, Brighton
Sep-Dec 2009 Artsquest ‘3 months in Berlin’ residency
Jan 2009 British Council ‘Grants to Artists’ award
Aug 2008 Artscouncil England ‘Grants for the Arts’ award
May 2008 European Cultural Foundation Step Beyond bursary
Apr 2008 Artists Networks New Collaborations bursary
Jan 2008 ‘Lost Horizons’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. Commission for the inaugural exhibition.
Oct 2007 Off-season, Cyprus. Post-Manifesta Residency (supported by EMAA)
May 2007 British Council ‘Grants to Artists’ award
Apr 2007 Henry Moore Foundation post-graduate research award
Feb 2007 Gallerja Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, Croatia. Residency
2006/2007 ‘The Space Between’, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. Residency and commission