The Origin of Life by Dean Kenning

20 Mar 2019 – 28 Apr 2019

Event times

Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm
Preview Friday 22 March 6-8pm

Cost of entry



London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 360, 77, 344
  • Waterloo, Lambeth North, Vauxhall

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In the beginning was the machine


Dean Kenning explores political and philosophical material through kinetic sculptures, videos and diagrams, often employing DIY, allegorical and autodidactic methods and modes of representation to engender visceral, uncanny and humorous encounters. For Beaconsfield, KenningĀ brings the beautiful old creaking floors of the former Lambeth Ragged School into play with an interactive work where random symphonies are triggered by the movement of visitors in an automated parody of creative autonomy and vitalist impulses.

Kenningā€™s previous solo exhibitions have taken place at Piper Keys, Five Years and Space Station Sixty-Five and he has exhibited internationally in group shows including at the ICA, London, Greene Naftali, New York and BAK, Utrecht. He is a member of the Capital Drawing Group and the Social Morphologies Research Unit and has published articles in journals such as Third Text, Art Monthly and Mute, including polemics on art and art education. He is a Researcher at Kingston School of Art and also teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London.


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