David Cotterrell


presented by Danielle Arnaud

David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across varied media including video, audio, interactive media, artificial intelligence, device control and hybrid technology. His work exhibits political, social and behavioral analyses of the environments and contexts, which he and his work inhabit. Over the last ten years, his work has been extensively commissioned and exhibited in North America, Europe and the Far East, in gallery spaces, museums and within the public realm. Recent exhibitions include: Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, War and Medicine at the Wellcome Collection, London and Map Games at the Today Museum of Modern Art, Beijing and Birmingham City Art Gallery. He is Professor of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and has been a consultant to strategic masterplans, cultural and public art policy for urban regeneration, healthcare and growth areas.


For Volta 6 Cotterrell will show 1:25, a modular, miniature artwork suggesting children’s toys like Lego and Meccano. The work can be endlessly built and rebuilt to create defensive barriers across coffee tables or gallery floors. The work references Hill33, a massive earthwork, due to begin construction in the Forest of Dean, UK, in the summer of 2010, a work that will recycle two thousand tons of landfill (originally taken from the Forest as the result of open cast mining) to produce a sculpture of grandiose proportions and employing indigenous waste and the construction materials of conflict.

David Cotterrell, Proposal for Hill33, sculpture, commissioned for Forest of Dean, UK, in Summer 2010, 11,5 x 11 m