Nina Davies Overview

Working primarily with video, performance, writing and installation, Nina Davies considers current dance phenomena in relation to the wider socio-technical environments from which they emerge. Previous research projects have included; the recent commodification of the dancing body on digital platforms and rethinking dances of today as traditional dances of the future. Oscillating between the use of fiction and non-fiction, her work helps build new critical frameworks for engaging with dance practices.

She graduated in 2022 from Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art where she was awarded the Almacantar Studio Award and the Goldsmiths Junior Fellowship position. Her first solo institutional show was Precursing at Matts Gallery, London in 2023. Her work has been exhibited at Overmorrow House, Battle, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick and SEAGER Gallery, London.

 

Nina Davies CV

 

Nina Davies, Never let them know your next move, 2022
Single channel 4k video with sound
10 minutes 56 seconds

Nina Davies’ new film, Never Let Them Know Your Next Move (2022), takes the form of a podcast interview where host and guest discuss recent developments in human/computer relations. This conversation is set in a fictional near future, in a society that while not yet entirely post-work, understanding of what constitutes labour and work is becoming increasingly ambiguous. Davies extrapolates current concerns about the gig economy and surveillance capitalism into a possible future system of work and governance that commodifies human movement and ultimately supersedes human language. In this future workers are monitored and watched, measured and qualified, their movements and interactions compiled into data by digital observers. The film offers multiple readings of this world, proposing contrasting responses of empathy and spiritual engagement or acts of resistance and protest.

Installation view of Nina Davies, Never let them know your next move, 2022 at In Winter, Mute at Seventeen.

Nina Davies, Stepping into machine, 2022
Single channel video with sound
9 minutes 18 seconds

Stepping Into Machine presents a future of society’s changing relationship to technology – changing from being linked to labour, to a coexistence with technical devices. With the advent of ‘cognitive automation services’, an aesthetic and kinetic gap is inaugurated for human dancers. The presented case of the ‘bionic step’ is an illustration of how permeable dance cultures relate to technological developments. These dances, in turn have shaped a new canon for how movement is performed, across digital spaces and bodies / avatars; in front of our phones and stepping into our machine selves. While machines keep progressing in their quest to understand feelings, they leave behind a trace of images and movement that are constantly reincorporated by human performers to engage in choreography as a medium, as a pledge and as an expression of faith – not in its spiritual sense – but as an action you take with your whole body to try to engage with another entity, a network, a consciousness or a device.

Installation view of Nina Davies, Never let them know your next move, 2022 at In Winter, Mute at Seventeen.

Installation view of Nina Davies,  Precursing, at Matt’s Gallery, London (2023)
A new video and sound installation in Matt’s Gallery with roaming performances in the surrounding area.

Focussing on predictive frameworks which are trained in fictional spaces like video games, Precursing considers recent non-player character dance trends seen on TikTok as a subconscious plea to escape a present which is determined by predictive technologies. In Davies’ video a fictional incident involving a self-driving car, trained to predict the movement of pedestrians, is discussed. Through two conversations between four characters issues of ghosts, ritual and the future of the justice system are raised.

Nina Davies Precursing Press Release

Installation view of Nina Davies,  Precursing, at Matt’s Gallery, London (2023)
A new video and sound installation in Matt’s Gallery with roaming performances in the surrounding area.

Nina Davies Precursing Press Release

Installation view of Nina Davies,  Precursing, at Matt’s Gallery, London (2023)
A new video and sound installation in Matt’s Gallery with roaming performances in the surrounding area.

Nina Davies Precursing Press Release

Installation view of Bionic Step at Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show 2022, Goldsmiths University of London
Video and related performance

Nina Davies, Techno Faith Altar, 2023
Single channel video, iPhone, ring light, holofan with video file, headphones, surgical stand, wall mount
9 minutes 33 seconds

Techno Faith Altar is a two channel video work, using an iPhone and holofan. The main video work presents a future where society’s relationship is changing to technology – changing from being linked to labour, to a coexistence with technical devices. With the advent of ‘cognitive automation services’, an aesthetic and kinetic gap is inaugurated for human dancers. The presented case of the ‘bionic step’ is an illustration of how permeable dance cultures relate to technological developments. These dances, in turn have shaped a new canon for how movement is performed, across digital spaces and bodies / avatars; in front of our phones and stepping into our machine selves. While machines keep progressing in their quest to understand feelings, they leave behind a trace of images and movement that are constantly reincorporated by human performers to engage in choreography as a medium, as a pledge and as an expression of faith – not in its spiritual sense – but as an action you take with your whole body to try to engage with another entity, a network, a consciousness or a device.

Nina Davies (b. 1991) is a Canadian-British artist who considers the present moment through observing dance in popular culture and how it is disseminated, circulated, made, and consumed. She recently graduated from Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art where she was awarded the Almacantar Studio Award and the Goldsmiths Junior Fellowship position.

Nina Davies, Techno Faith Altar, 2023
Single channel video, iPhone, ring light, holofan with video file, headphones, surgical stand, wall mount
9 minutes 33 seconds

Nina Davies, Techno Faith Altar, 2023
Single channel video, iPhone, ring light, holofan with video file, headphones, surgical stand, wall mount
9 minutes 33 seconds

Nina Davies, Bionic Step, 2023
Dance sequence, holographic fan, ring light, iPhone, video file, surgical mount

Nina Davies, Glitch Guiser, 2022
Dance sequence, holographic fan, 360 degree video, steel, polyolefin
122 x 77 x 77 cm