Artist in Residence at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo

May 16th, 2017

David Franklin Youkobo art Space Tokyo Japan

Very happy to announce that I’ll be returning to Japan in December for a couple of months — I’ve been invited by Youkobo Art Space to participate as artist in residence in their Returnee Residency programme. My residency will be supported by Youkobo and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Japan:::

Me alegra anunciar que en diciembre volveré a Japón unos meses — he estado invitado por Youkobo Art Space a participar como artista en residencia en su programa Returnee Residency. Mi residencia será apoyada por Youkobo y el Ministerio de Asuntos Culturales de Japón:::

Research residency at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia

May 4th, 2017


Last week I started a new artistic research residency at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which I’ll be conducting until the end of the year. Many thanks to Hangar for helping me get this project off the ground, and to the staff at the National Museum for the warm welcome and support:::

La semana pasada empecé una nueva residencia de investigación artística en el Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, que estaré realizando hasta finales de año. Le agradezco a Hangar su ayuda para poner en marcha este proyecto, y al equipo del MNAC su cálida bienvenida y apoyo:::

David Franklin National Museum Catalunya

New Work: “Welcome, Visitors”

April 4th, 2017


A video essay exploring some of the ideas behind the work I’m currently developing. First presented with a live reading at Paratext 15 at Hangar, Centre for Research and Production of Visual Arts, Barcelona, March 22 2017.

Landscape — Painting and the evolution of visual language — the role of technology and science in artistic developments — Dutch landscape painting in the 1600s — the expansion of concepts of space — viral infection — space exploration and the possibility of humans surviving away from Planet Earth — philosophical concepts of landscape in Chinese painting — science fiction — interpretation of our surroundings

For more information, click here.

Presentation at Paratext nº15 @ Hangar

March 20th, 2017

David Franklin News Paratext 15 Hangar

This Wednesday I’ll be doing a presentation at Paratext, where I’ll be presenting a new video essay exploring some of the ideas behind my current work which I’ve been developing during my recently-completed residency at Hangar. Free and open to everybody::

Este miércoles hago una presentación en Paratext, donde hablaré de algunas de las ideas detrás de mi trabajo actual que he estado desarrollando durante mi residencia reciente terminada en Acceso libre y abierto a todo el mundo::
22 March 2017. 19:00h – 21:00h
Hangar, Centre de producció i recerca d’arts visuals
Emilia Coranty, 16 ( Can Ricart ), 08018 Barcelona, Spain

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August 10th, 2016

David Franklin artwork Empire of Rats publication

I have a new publication, Empire of Rats, which was published by Idensitat for the recent exhibition Estructuras de Excepción, and features a text exploring ruins, cultural memory, nationalism, and commercialism. It also includes a series of photos I took while living in Japan of several abandoned sites, as well as photos of Barcelona’s port area, which served as the starting point for the work. More info here.