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Shezad Dawood

Digital Storytelling
16–28 August 2021

virtual reality environmen
Leviathan Legacy: Part. 1, 2018, virtual reality environment, duration variable.

Course format

Online only

Teaching Language
English (French also available)

What to bring
Computer/laptop with camera, microphone and keyboard, headphone, camera (if available), material from personal physical / digital archives

An interest in storytelling and new ways of creating narratives, a basic grasp of digital media and openness to exploring together.

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 640,– (€ 480,–)

Students will develop a greater understanding of how to critically engage with the many opportunities of digital media, and how to apply new techniques in their practice. The course will focus on progressing from an initial idea to a concept that can be shared with others, enhanced through feedback, and developed into a moodboard and/or storyboard. Students will learn how to progress from their storyboard, think through exhibition formats and audience dynamics, and how best to structure interactive possibilities and accessibility. They will also be supported in developing their interests in digital media through weekly assignments and individual consultations. Group activities will explore the general themes and core issues of digital media, narratives and storytelling via case studies, discussions of assigned literature and critiques following individual assignments.

Shezad Dawood works across the disciplines of painting, film, neon, sculpture, performance, virtual reality and other digital media to ask key questions of narrative, history and embodiment. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across multiple audiences and communities. Through a fascination with the esoteric, otherness, the environment and architectures both material and virtual, Dawood interweaves stories, realities and symbolism to create richly layered artworks.

Solo exhibitions
2020 Encroachments, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (UK). Leviathan – The Paljassaare Chapter, Kai Art Center, Tallinn. 2019 Leviathan, Kunstverein Munich, Munich (DE); Bluecoat, Liverpool (UK); MOCA Toronto. 2018 Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales, Barakat Contemporary, Seoul. A Lost Future, Rubin Museum, New York, NY (US). 2017 Leviathan, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (IT). 2016 Kalimpong, Timothy Taylor, London. Why Depend on Space and Time, Galerist, Istanbul. 2015 The Room, Fig-2, ICA, London. It was a time that was a time, Pioneer Works, New York, NY. 2014 Towards The Possible Film, Parasol Unit, London; Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (UK). Anthropology of Chance, OCAT, Xi’an (CN). 2013 Piercing Brightness, KINOKINO, Sandnes (NO). Trailer, Art in General, New York, NY. 2012 Piercing Brightness, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (UK). 2011 New Dream Machine Project, L’Appartement22, Rabat. 2010 A Mystery Play, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (CA). Cities of the Future, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (IN).

Group exhibitions
2021 In-Between Days, Guggenheim, New York, NY (US). 2020 between the sun and the moon, Lahore Biennial, Lahore (PK). University of NonDualism, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka. Risquons-Tout, Wiels (BE). Infinite Village, Manifesta 13, Marseille (FR). 2019 Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 14, Sharjah (AE). United Artists for Europe, Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac, London. 5 Passages to the Future, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta. 2018 Imagined Borders, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (KR). What's essential, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (IN). 2017 Screen City Biennial, Stavanger (NO). HUMAN/DIGITAL: a symbiotic love affair Digital, Post Internet and Virtual Reality from the Brown Family Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL). 2016 The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. 2015 Future Light, Vienna Biennale, Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (US). Own Land/Foreign Territory, 7th Moscow Biennale, Manege, Moscow. 2014 Blow up, Albertina Museum, Vienna. Where are we now? Marrakesh Biennale 5, Marrakesh (MA). The Great Acceleration, Taipei Biennial 2014, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei. 2010 Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain, London. Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen (NO). 2009 Making Worlds, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (IT). Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London.

Shezad Dawood, Risquons-Tout – Planetary Artists Venture into Risk, Unpredictability, and Transgression, Mercatorfonds, Brussels, 2020.
Making New Time: Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, Omar Kholeif (ed.), Munich 2019.
Kalimpong, Edited by Camilla Palestra. Sternberg Press and Timothy Taylor, London 2016.
Review. Shezad Dawood, Timothy Taylor, London, 2016, Orit Gat, Frieze, 6 October 2016.
Virtual Reality is Buddhist: An Interview with Shezad Dawood, Spiral Magazine, The Rubin Museum, New York 2018.

2004 – 2008 Leeds Metropolitan University PhD (Fine Art).
2000 – 2003 Royal College of Art, London MPhil Fine Art (Photography).
1998 – 2000 Royal College of Art, London MA Fine Art (Photography.
1994 – 1997 Central St Martin's College of Art & Design, London BA (Hons) Critical Fine Art Practice (First Class).
Portrait photo Shezad Dawood
Photo: Alexander Coggin, 2019