Stine Deja’s practice explores the sticky in-between of real and virtual worlds with a striking arsenal of media that includes 3D animation, immersive installation, moving image, and digital surrogates. In Deja’s simulated spaces, uncanny avatars hinge between what’s strange and familiar, seducing us with not quite-real products informed equally by the artist’s simultaneous fascination and revulsion with our hyper-commercialized contemporary culture. Concealed beneath a sleek surface, multiple layers of social critique meld with absurdist aesthetics and tragicomic narratives to create a cybernetic landscape of fantasy and desire. At the heart of all of Deja’s projects is a keen interest in how these heightened emotional states, often coaxed out by late capitalist narratives of self-care and guilt-free indulgence, are displaced onto the body.
Stine Deja was born in Denmark in 1986 and currently lives and works in London. She received her MA in Visual Communication (Moving Image) from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and her BA in Interaction Design from Kolding School of Design in 2012.
Since 2017, her work has been represented by Annka Kultys Gallery. The artist has had three gallery solo exhibitions, including CYPHORIA, a virtual travel agency that explored the techno-social phenomenon of living concurrently outside/inside the machine, then There is Life Outside intended as an exposé of our increasingly artificial world. In 2018, Deja has also collaborated with the artist Marie Munk on the exhibition Synthetic Seduction examining synthesised intimacy. Her fourth solo show Last Resort will at Annka Kultys Gallery on 28 February 2020 and will feature a new series of sculptures, based of Stine’s latest research into immortality and life extending treatments.
A select exhibition history of the artist includes shows at: HeK Museum, Basel, Switzerland (forthcoming June 2020), Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK (2020); Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (PERMM, Perm, Russia (2020); Somerset House, London, UK (2020); MdbK, Leipzig, Germany (2019); Tranen, Gentofte, DK (2019); Schimmel Project, Dresden, Germany (2018); Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK (2018); SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018); Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK (2017); Assembly Point, London, UK (2016); Concrete Lab, Copenhagen; Remisen, Copenhagen; Bargehouse, London; Hockney Gallery, London; Fringe Film Festival, London; Dansk Kvindesamfund, Copenhagen.
PAST EXHIBITIONS AT ANNKA KULTYS
28 FEBRUARY – 18 APRIL 2020
21 FEBRUARY – 24 MARCH 2018
27 SEPTEMBER – 7 OCTOBER 2017
22 MARCH – 22 APRIL 2017
4K Zen: Stine Deja – An exclusive week-long streaming on Art Review online platform. Art-Lovers Move Club presented Stine Deja’s video 4K Zen, a two part project originally commissioned for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2017, then at Annka Kultys Gallery booth at Code Art Fair .
Alice Bucknell has written a profile of Stine Deja for Issue No. 28 of Cura Magazine. Discussing the artist’s dual-show with Marie Munk, Synthetic Seduction at Annka Kultys Gallery, Bucknell writes: “Synthetic Seduction asked if the apparent benefits of a low-stakes and immediate intimacy—whether in the form of face-scan emojis or late-night drunken Tinder binges—are actually less valuable than they seem, in fact asking from us a larger sacrifice than we might realize. Rather than conferring an obvious approval or disapproval rating on the matter, the duo’s response was far more ambiguous, subjective, and very nearly sentient.” For more information about this issue and to read the full article, click here.
Stine Deja has been interviewed and profiled by Daphne Milner for It’s Nice That. Focusing on her work 4K Zen, the author explores Deja’s relationship to the commodification of mindfulness. Describing her impetus in creating the project, Deja says: “4K Zen is a stress diet that promises an escape from the complexity of modern life by combining meditation and infomercials. I created it at a time when I felt haunted by bad news politically, societally and environmentally.” Deja’s dual-show, Synthetic Seduction, with Marie Munk, will open at Annka Kultys Gallery on 21 February. To read Deja’s full profile, click here.