David Blamey


  • David Blamey is a part-time Tutor in Experimental Communication at the Royal College of Art. He was the founder of the Critical Forum Programme (2003) and led the mythical Unclassified elective (2016). He has also more recently led two college-wide research projects with students wishing to work in cross/inter-disciplinary learning environments (2015-17): Book Test Unit (supported by Thames & Hudson Publishers) and Learning to Listen (supported by B&O Play). He currently runs the Self-Interest Discussion Group and teaches on the Discovery Channel elective.

  • Biography

  • David studied at the Royal College of Art where he graduated in 1985. During the early 1990s he showed occasionally at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery in London and established the independent publishing imprint Open Editions as a vehicle for collaborations between artists, writers and academics from a variety of parallel and interconnecting fields. During this period he curated the international touring exhibitions Work & Turn and Looking At Words: Reading Pictures that traced the development of artists’ publishing form from the 1970s to the then present day. Since the late 90s he has shown at a number of galleries run by artists' collectives – Arthur R. Rose (London), Glass Box (Paris), Y8 (Hamburg), Plan 9 (Bristol), Crate (Margate), Four (Dublin) etc. – as well as exhibiting at established venues such as Zachéta National Gallery (Warsaw), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), Arcadia University Art Gallery (Philadelphia), P!, The Pratt Institute, The Hessel Museum (New York), Ginkgo Space (Beijing), The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, Studio Voltaire, Victoria & Albert Museum, South London Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Division of Labour (London).

     For over twenty years he has regularly travelled and carried out research in India and in 2006 was awarded the Arts Council of England’s Prayog International Artist Fellowship and was a guest contributor to the Experimenta 2007 festival in Bangalore and Mumbai. In 2017 he completed his first film Rice, which was shot on location in India and has been exhibited/screened worldwide. 

    His two edited cultural studies books are, Here, There, Elsewhere: Dialogues On Location and Mobility (2002) and Living Pictures: Perspectives On The Film Poster In India (2005), both published by Open Editions. His writing has appeared in Design and Art (2007), published by the Whitechapel and MIT Press, Specialism (2016) and Distributed (2018), both published by Open Editions – the former having received a prize from the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

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  • Practice

  • David’s work encompasses several activities, including teaching, publishing, and exhibiting, which overlap to form a multidimensional practice that defies conventional categorisation. To this end, his projects are positioned consciously within a range of public situations, both inside and beyond the art gallery. The Wire described his O.K. sound project for My Dance the Skull’s Voice Studies series as ‘something quite strange, creepy and good’.

Selected work


Research interests

David is currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD in Fine Art at Northumbria University. His practice-based project draws upon ideas articulated in a diverse range of belief systems (including Yoga, Zen, the art world etc.) to write a theory for the ‘perfect moment’ in art that’s conceived to be experienced as everyday life. Using the primary method of ‘fieldwork’ he is organising a series of lived experiences in pursuit of the perfect moment that will then be translated into the production of art works. These new works will be made public, both within and beyond the art gallery situation.