Tris Vonna-Michell

Biography

Lives and works in Stockholm. He stages installations and performs narrative structures, using spoken word, sound compositions, film and photography. Through live performances and installations, Vonna-Michell creates circuitous, multilayered narratives, characterized by fragments of information, detours, and repetitions.

In 2010 together with Diana Kaur he founded Mount Analogue, a publishing space, curatorial and editorial agency and analogue studio.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2014 Turner Prize (shortlisted)
  • 2012 Hugo Boss Prize (shortlisted)
  • 2008 Baloise Art Prize, Art | 39 | Basel (with T293, Naples)
  • 2008 Ars Viva Prize

Monograph Publications

  • 2013 Capitol Complex / Ulterior Vistas (book and 10 inch vinyl), published by Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea and Mount Analogue, Stockholm
  • 2011 Tris Vonna-Michell (book), published by JRP | Ringier, together with with Fondazione Galleria Civica—Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., and Kunsthalle Zürich
  • 2009 Finding Chopin: Endnotes (book), published by Jeu de Paume, Paris
  • 2009 Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures (12 inch vinyl), published by GAMeC Bergamo and Kunsthalle Zürich
  • 2007 Tall tales and short stories (7 inch vinyl), published by Witte de With, Rotterdam

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Register, T293, Rome
  • 2015 Wasteful Illuminations: Distracted Listening, Jan Mot, Brussels
  • 2015 Capitol Complex, Appleton Square, Lisbon
  • 2015 Tris Vonna-Michell, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles
  • 2015 Tris Vonna-Michell, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2014 Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain, London
  • 2014 Postscript III (Berlin), Metro Pictures, New York
  • 2014 Capitol Complex, TPW, Toronto
  • 2014 Tris Vonna-Michell, VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal
  • 2013 Postscript II (Berlin), Jan Mot, Brussels
  • 2013 Pebble Dash, T293, Rome
  • 2013 Capitol Complex, Jan Mot, Mexico City
  • 2012 Ulterior Vistas, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (in collaboration with Inheritance Projects)
  • 2011 Tris Vonna-Michell, Metro Pictures, New York
  • 2010 Wasteful Illuminations, T293, Naples
  • 2010 Not a Solitary Sign or Inscription to Even Suggest an Ending, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
  • 2010 Tris Vonna-Michell, Capitain Petzel, Berlin
  • 2010 No more racing in circles - just pacing within lines of a rectangle, Focal Point Gallery, Southend- on-Sea
  • 2009 Capstans, Halle fur Kunst, Lüneburg
  • 2009 Finding Chopin: Endnotes, Jeu de Paume, Paris
  • 2009 Tris Vonna-Michell, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
  • 2009 Auto-Tracking: Ongoing Configurations, Jan Mot, Brussels
  • 2009 Tris Vonna-Michell, X Initiative, New York
  • 2009 Auto-Tracking-Auto-Tracking, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
  • 2009 Studio A: Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures, GAMeC, Bergamo
  • 2008 Tris Vonna-Michell, Cabinet Gallery, London
  • 2008 Auto-Tracking, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
  • 2008 The Trades of Others, T293, Naples
  • 2007 Tall Tales and Short Stories, Cubitt, London
  • 2007 Seizure, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
  • 2007 Puzzlers, Kunstverein Braunschweig Cuboid, Braunschweig
  • 2007 Tris Vonna-Michell, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • 2006 Faire un effort, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
  • 2006 Down the Rabbit-Hole, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm

Group Exhibitions and Performances

  • 2016 Outwardly a Rectangular Plain Building, Inside Is Composed of Large Black and White Squares, MUMOK, Vienna (screening/talk)
  • 2016 Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Palatino archeological area, Rome
  • 2016 VI x VI Positionen zur Zukunft der Fotografie, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz
  • 2016 … und eine Welt noch, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 2016 Poésie Balistique, La Verrière - Hermès Foundation, Brussels
  • 2016 This Is Your Replacement, Sies + Höhe, Dusseldorf
  • 2016 New-Self-Portrait-Paradox, MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York
  • 2015 No Song to Sing, Adn_Platform, Barcelona
  • 2015 In Process, FIAC, Paris (screening/talk)
  • 2015 A story within a story, 8th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)
  • 2015 The day will come when photography revises, Triennial of Photography, Kunstverein in Hamburg
  • 2015 Digital Voices, Oxford University Library and Language Centre, Oxford
  • 2014 Society Acts - The Moderna Exhibition 2014, Moderna Museet, Malmö
  • 2014 Against the grain, Centre de la photographie, Genève
  • 2014 T293-in-residence, Sadie Coles HQ, London
  • 2014 Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • 2014 Return Journey, MOSTYN, Wales
  • 2013 The Story Behind, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona
  • 2013 Lecture-Performance: New Artistic Formats, Places, Practices and Behaviours, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León
  • 2013 Unrest of Form. Imagining the Political Subject, Secession, Vienna
  • 2013 I knOw yoU, IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 2013 The Butterfly Image, Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Due Jean, Luxembourg
  • 2013 Only here, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn
  • 2012 Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai
  • 2012 CARA DOMANI opere dalla Collezione Ernesto Esposito, MAMbo, Bologna
  • 2012 Storytelling as Craft, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville
  • 2012 Ephemeropterae~, TBA21 Augarten, Vienna (performance)
  • 2012 Swans, Amputees, Fondation Cartier, Paris (performance)
  • 2012 Searching for the fountain, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • 2012 Soundworks, ICA, London
  • 2012 Setting the Scene, Tate Modern, London
  • 2012 OEI/Letterism, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (performance)
  • 2012 Descriptive Acts, San Francisco MOMA, San Francisco
  • 2012 enfolds: books I & II, Mount Analogue, Stockholm
  • 2012 Never odd or even, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde (performance)
  • 2011 Balustrade: endless tapes, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
  • 2011 Fotofestival 4, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg
  • 2011 Folk Variations, Radar, Loughborough (performance)
  • 2011 The Other Tradition, Wiels, Brussels
  • 2011 La Casa Encendida, Madrid (performance)
  • 2011 Subtext Part II, Un Projects, Melbourne
  • 2011 British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, touring; Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, and Plymouth Arts Centre
  • 2010 New Frankfurt Internationals, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
  • 2010 FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Troyes
  • 2010 Fun Palace, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • 2010 Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain
  • 2010 Exhibition, Exhibition, Catello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli
  • 2010 Performance, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (performance)
  • 2010 Balustrade, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf (performance)
  • 2010 Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Guggenheim Museum, New York (performance)
  • 2010 NineteenEightyFour, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
  • 2010 ACT VII: Of Facts and Fables, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
  • 2010 Leipzig Calendar Works, Project Kaufhaus Joske, Leipzig (performance)
  • 2010 A Performance Cycle, Nomas Foundation, Rome (performance)
  • 2009 Lecture Performance, Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne (performance)
  • 2009 Accecare l’ascolto / Aveugler l’ecoute / Blinding the ears, Artissima, Turin (performance)
  • 2009 5x5 Castello 09, Espai d’art contemporani de Castello EACC, Valencia
  • 2009 This World & Nearer Ones, Creative Time, New York (performance)
  • 2009 Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Atelier Augarten Contemporary, Vienna
  • 2009 Spatial Works, Färgfabriken, Stockholm
  • 2009 Critical applause 3: Tris Vonna-Michell, CCA, Glasgow (performance)
  • 2009 Finding Chopin, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • 2009 The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York
  • 2009 Just in the dark/Solo al buio, Mercati di Traiano, Rome
  • 2009 The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis
  • 2009 Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
  • 2009 The Space of Words, Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Due Jean, Luxembourg
  • 2009 I Repeat Myself When Under Stress, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
  • 2009 Iaspis Open House, Iaspis, Stockholm
  • 2009 Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London
  • 2009 A spoken word exhibition, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead, Gateshead
  • 2008 Speak and Spell, performance at Vienna Art Week, Vienna (performance)
  • 2008 Storyteller - Organizing Time and Space, 0047, Oslo
  • 2008 Lieber Kunstler, erzahle mir!, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim
  • 2008 Stone-Paper-Scissors, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin (performance)
  • 2008 Kunst Im Heim, Capitain Petzel, Berlin
  • 2008 Ars viva 08/09. Inszenierung / Mise en scene, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
  • 2008 Bending the Word / MATRIX 226, BAM/PFA - UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
  • 2008 Time Crevasse, Yokohama Triennial 2008, Yokohama
  • 2008 ICA: 60 Past, Present and Future, performance at ICA, London
  • 2008 Fia Backstrom: That social space between speaking and meaning, White Columns, New York (performance)
  • 2008 The Store, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius
  • 2008 Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
  • 2008 Oral Culture, performance at Jan Mot, Brussels (performance)
  • 2008 Tate Triennial 2009 Prologue 1, Tate Britain, London (performance)
  • 2008 Self-Storage, CCA - California College of the Arts, Metro Self Storage, San Francisco
  • 2008 Of this Tale, I cannot Guarantee A Single Word, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2008 5th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
  • 2007 Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures, performance at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (performance)
  • 2007 Performa 07, The second Visual Art Performance Biennial, New York (performance)
  • 2007 Playground, Stuk Performance Festival, Leuven
  • 2007 The Year of the Human Sciences, performance at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), Berlin (performance)
  • 2007 Experiment Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London (performance)
  • 2007 Floating Territories, Evens Foundation, Transbiennial Project, Istanbul and Athens (performance)
  • 2007 The Present Order, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem
  • 2007 The Moment You Realise You Are Lost, Johann Konig, Berlin
  • 2007 Köln Show2, European Kunsthalle, Cologne

Education

  • 2005-2007 Städel Schule, Frankfurt-am-Main
  • 2002-2005 Glasgow School of Arts, Glasgow
  • 2001-2002 Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth

Permanent Commissions

  • 2016 audio poems: distracted listening, sound and photographic installation (commissioned by Statens Konstråd)
  • 2013 Tiles & Tides, reception desk commission for Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea) .pdf

Site-specific Sound Commissions

  • 2014 The Artist and The Gravedigger: after D.O. Hill, commission for Observers’ Walks sound work series (commissioned by Collective Gallery, Edinburgh)
  • 2012 Capitol Complex commission for the exhibition To the moon via the beach, Amphitheatre of Arles, Provence (commissioned by LUMA Foundation)

Residencies

  • 2014 Darling Foundry, Montreal
  • 2012-2013 Mejan Residency, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
  • 2012 Inheritance projects Gibside and Baltic, Newcastle
  • 2012 Valand research center residency, Göteborg
  • 2011 Happy & Bob Doran Artist in Residence, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
  • 2009 Focal Point Gallery Residency, Southend-on-Sea
  • 2008 Iaspis Residency, Stockholm

Curated projects

  • 2010 Mount Analogue (ongoing)
  • 2008 Three Minutes, Cubitt, London