Born 1980. Lives and works in W. Yorks. British
E: zadanzig@yahoo.co.uk

Andy is an artist, curator, musician and writer and Producer Music and Visual Arts at University of Bradford. In 2012 he was awarded his practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on ‘art, self-organised cultural activity and the production of postcapitalist subjectivity’. He has exhibited and performed internationally as an individual artist and as a member of the art collective Black Dogs. He plays internationally in various groups and ensembles and composes music for film, performance and installations. Through his fellowship at University of Bradford, Andy initiated the M@BU music programme as well as the acclaimed arts and music festivals Bradford Threadfest and RECON and is currently developing a Centre for Socially Applied Arts.

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Education

PhD Fine Art. University of Leeds: 2008-2012
MA Fine Art. University of Leeds: 2007-2008
BA Fine Art. University of Leeds: 2001-2005
Diploma in Foundation Studies, Leeds College Art and Design: 2000-2001

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Artist Statement

I am an artist, musician and writer interested in the role of cultural activity in social change. My practice and research focuses on alternative forms of work, Do-it-Yourself culture, self-organisation, participation, collaboration, counter-institutions, and post-capitalist subjectivity. I explore this in a variety of ways from the representational (including illustration, composition, writing, performance, film and video) to the practical (public engagement and interventions, organising events and festivals, forming and steering organisations and working collectively). I approach art and culture as sites for experimentation that have social and political resonance.

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Selected Exhibitions, Commissions and Residencies

2016
Wakefield Zodiac, performance and print for Wakefield Art Walk, Wakefield
Reet Maff'l performance for Word Gulch, Barbican, London
Reet Maff'l performance for Vespertine, Black Swan, York
An evening with Reet Maff'l, commissioned augmented reality performance, Silk Mill, Derby
Centre for Dark Matter, installation for Great Exhibition of The North bid, Bradford
Centre for Dark Matter, Wakefield Arts Partnership research and engagement commission, Wakefield
Elizabeth / Golden Meat duo, interactive sound and visual performance for children, The Tetley, Leeds
Reet Maff'l, performance for Luke Drozd WIMS, Homesession, Barcelona

2015
Dead Air Party, silent gig UK tour supported by Sound and Music
Reet Maff'l, performance as part of Beg, Borrow, Steal, Toynbee Studios, London
Mining Poems and Odes by Callum Rice, soundtrack commission for Scottish Documentary Institute

2014
Bradford Festival of Pastimes, commission for South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford
Proposition 0'00", performance for Art Licks Weekend, London
Guided Goitside Black Dogs radio play produced and broadcast for RECON festival, Bradford

2013

Blackburn Festival of Pastimes, commission for MAAP and CRT, Daisyfield Centre, Blackburn
Fieldworks, exhibition with Fellow in Art Caroline Hick, Gallery II, Bradford
Gasworks International Fellowship, residency, PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul

2012

We Lucky Few: Saltaire’s Other Paths, Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire, Bradford
Heavy Metal Bell Pits, contribution to Pieces of Eight group exhibition, PSL, Leeds
Merzbarn Residency, Black Dogs on invitation by Littoral, Eltewater, Lake District

2011
Next To Nothing, Black Dogs exhibition, +44 141 Gallery, Glasgow
Saltaire Food Map, exhibition for Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire, Bradford
A Serious Waste of Time: (Non-works in progress), Solo exhibition, Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds

2010
MK2morrow, Black Dogs exhibition, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Bankside Views, Black Dogs commissioned event for Tate Community, Tate Modern, London
How Not To Sell your Soul at NSFS, Black Dogs installation at No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London

2009
Silence Please, audio performance intervention for Light Night, Leeds Central Library, Leeds
Longton Festival of Pastimes, commission for Urban Vision North Staffs, Stoke-on-Trent
Tower Works Interventions, Black Dogs public art commission from Yorkshire Forward, Holbeck, Leeds

2008
Things to Do in Sholver/ECR, public intervention events for HMR arts strategy, Oldham and Rochdale
Significant Pursuits, participatory performance for Journey with Fluxus, Flux-Fest, Birmingham
Festival of Pastimes, public intervention event, Briggate, Leeds

2007

Dogs Vs Wolves Gallery Giveaway, Black Dogs exhibition and event, Dazed Gallery, London
Careless Talk Costs Lives, Black Dogs, Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds

2006
Unidee Residency, Fondazione Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy
Wager Slave, Black Dogs group show, Bloc Space, Sheffield

2005
Republic, Situation Leeds public art festival, Patrick Studios, Leeds

2004
Arte Et Labore, Black Dogs group show, Cloth Hall, Leeds

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Selected Discography, Soundtracks and Commissions

That Fucking Tank
Document of The Last Set (Gringo Records) 2013
TFT (Gringo Records) 2012
Tanknology (Gringo Records) 2009
Day of Death By Bono Adrenalin Shock (Jealous Records) 2006

Nope
Walker (The Audacious Art Experiment / Obscene Baby Auction) 2014
Revision (The Audacious Art Experiment / Obscene Baby Auction) 2012

Soundtracks and commissions (Film, Installation, Performance)
A Working Day of Drone, St Marks Church, Leeds, 2016
2001, live performance for alumni event and exhibition, Leeds College of Art, 2016
Enthusiasm by Dziga Vertov, live soundtrack, Showroom, Sheffield and Leftbank Leeds, 2016
Mining Poems or Odes by Callum Rice, film soundtrack, 2015
The Wonderful World Of…, theatre soundtrack (performed live), Temple Works, Leeds, 2011
Free Films Made Freely, live soundtracking to Paolo Gioli 16mm film, Patrick Studios, Leeds, 2011
Up in Flames, live soundtracking music performance at Film and Fire event, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2010
Responsive Improvisation, live exhibition soundtrack at Site Gallery, Liverpool, 2007

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Selected Publications and Presentations

Writing
'DIY Bother? Reasons To Just Keep Doing It', in Don't Make A Scene: A Field Guide To Putting on DIY Gigs, Edinburgh 2014
'Fieldworks: Research and Experiments within Art and Culture', exhibition catalogue, University of Bradford 2013
'Open Door', Tyman and Rushton, The Good Life (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester) 2013
'Just Doing It: Art, Self-organised Cultural Activity and the Production of Postcapitalist Subjectivity', Mika Hannula et al (eds.), Artist as Researchers: A New Paradigm for Art Education in Europe, (FAFA, Helsinki) 2013
'Garden Nomad: Artistic Journeying and Postcapitalist Subjectivity', Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul 2012
'A Serious Waste of Time', self-published art-book with Audio CD 2012
‘Forever Young; Self-organisation in music, art and the institution’, Moot Points Catalogue. Glasgow 2008

Presentation / Workshop / Lecture
Sounding Out The Commons in Leeds and Bradford, Tetley, Leeds 2016
Dark Matter: Lessons From Bradford's Counter-culture, video presentation for Keep It Simple Make It Fast conference, University of Porto, Portugal 2016
Dark Matter: Lessons From Bradford's Counter-culture, presented at Reflections on the Work of Albert Hunt/Within the Art School and Without, Bradford College 2016
Panelist for 'Make Your Own Culture - The Future of DIY Venues & Autonomous Cultural Space', Profound Sound festival, Folkstone 2016
DIY Bother?, Valand Academy, Gothenburg 2015
Panelist for 'DIY Discussion’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead 2015
Panelist for 'DIY Strategies for Sound And Music', The Custard Factory, Birmingham 2014
'Just Do(ing) It. DIY Culture and Postcapitalist Imaginaries' paper presented at Keep It Simple Make It Fast conference, University of Porto, Portugal 2014
Just Do(ing) It, Again, organiser of conference on self-organised culture, 1 in 12 Club, Bradford 2013
'The Radical Ethics of DIY in Self-organised Art and Cultural Activity', presentation for Ixia Public Art and Self-organisation conference, Leeds 2012
'Garden Nomad', presentation at Anarchist Studies Network Conference, Loughborough 2012
Just Do(ing) It, organiser of conference on self-organised art as part of RaRa, S1 Artspace, Sheffield 2011
‘A Serious Waste of Time: Artistic Praxis and the Production of Post-Capitalist Subjectivity’, presentation for Artistic Research conference, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds 2011
’Garden Nomad’, presentation for Artistic Research conference Finnish Academy of Arts, Helsinki, Finland 2009
Your Arms! presentation, O2k Knowledge economy conference, Thessaloniki, Greece 2007

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Selected Employment, Organisations and Steering Groups

Employment
Producer Music and Visual Arts, University of Bradford: 2011 - date
Associate Lecturer Fine Art, Leeds College Of Art: 2006 - 2011

Organisation
Bradford Threadfest director: 2012 - date
Recon Festival, director/producer: 2013 - date
Art in Unusual Spaces, director: 2011 - date

Other
Founding member of Black Dogs artist collective: 2003 - date
Founding member of Obscene Baby Auction DIY record label and music collective: 2001 - date
Editor/producer of The Mirrored Hammer, radio show and newspaper: 2012 - date
Club Secretary of Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club: 2011 - 2013
Steering group for Leeds Creative Timebank: 2010 - 2013
Steering group for Leeds Visual Art Forum: 2010
Board for Lumen AV arts organisation: 2007 - 2010
Steering group for Situation Leeds 07 festival: 2007
Board for A Delicate Matter gallery: 2005 - 2007

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