Daphne de Sonneville

Location: London
Website: www.daphnedesonneville.com

My work consists of sculptures, videos, performances, written fictions and audio recordings. I received my BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and my MFA from Goldsmiths in London, where I was awarded the Book Works Award for Art Writing 2014. Recent exhibitions and events include Open Studios at Nida Art Colony (Lithuania), Outside-in/Inside-out poetry festival at MANY Studios (Glasgow), EXCURSUS at the Goldsmiths Library (London), and SLAM Fridays Late Opening at Borough Road Gallery (London). In 2017 I was an artist in residence at Cove Park, Scotland and Nida Art Colony, Lithuania. I am also working as a freelance prooflistener of audiobooks and a proofreader and editor of texts in English and Dutch. Since 2016 I have been a practice-based PhD candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art, working on my research project The Descent of Significance. In this project, I employ slapstick as an editorial device to investigate the relationship between the materiality of language and losses of meaning. Reworking slapstick mechanisms into writing, I explore what happens when significance descends. Moving across the registers of visual art and writing, I question if language can be a character in itself, what role this character takes on in a visual art context, and if the materiality of language is tragic.


2018 Audio guide commision for PaperWork Magazine (upcoming)
2018 Radio broadcast on Resonance FM (upcoming)
2017 Open Studios, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
2016 Outside-in/Inside-out poetry festival, MANY Studios, Glasgow
2015 Sky Burial, Ben Pimlot Building, London
2015 EXCURSUS, Goldsmiths Library, London
2015 SLAM Fridays Late Opening, Borough Road Gallery, London
2014 Frosted and Defrosted, 44 Albion, London
2014 Act Natural, PaperWork Magazine #II publication launch, Jupiter Woods, London
2014 Act Natural, PaperWork Magazine #II publication launch, Spike Island, Bristol
2014 Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
2014 The Optics of Writing, X Marks the Bökship, London
2013 Lost & Found, PaperWork Magazine #I publication launch, Common Guild, Glasgow
2013 Language is the Creek on a Stair, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2013 Lost & Found, PaperWork Magazine I publication launch, Inland Studios, London