1963 born in Glasgow

1992–94 MFA, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

1993 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)


Eight Days a Week, Nu Facts Emerge, Elastic, Stockholm


R.P.F. (For Recorded Instrument), Ljud i Porten, Konstframjändet, Stockholm


Dave Allen: Calder Brown & Near an Open Window, Elastic, Stockholm


Werther Love Buzz, Elastic, Stockholm


The Crowd Waits Outside, Die Raum, Berlin


Calder Brown, Elastic, Malmö


RSTR4, Munich


It Swung Back and Forth, Back and Forth Until Forever. Then it Stopped and it Howled Endlessly. Allgirls, Berlin


Canon to the Hammer of the Gods, Wiener Secession, Vienna (cat.)


Elastic Gallery, Malmö

Röda Sten, Gothenburg


One Way, Another Way, Then Any Other Way, Letzte Überprüfung/Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin


PING-PONG, Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin

Art Metropole, Toronto


The Sun and the Sky, galerie wieland, Berlin

The Mirrored Catalogue d’Oiseaux, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia

Divine Intervention / New Wave of New Wave, Kunstbank, Berlin


The Mirrored Catalogue d’Oiseaux, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg

R.P.F. [For Recorded Instrument], Laura Mars Grp., Berlin


Hee-Haw Cries the Young Komponist Dave Allen, Showroom Gallery, London (cat.)


Galleri Signal, Malmö (with Jonathan Monk)

Gyrostasis, Workweb_Art, Cologne (with Jonathan Monk)

Starship, Berlin (with Dominic Eichler)


The Modern Institute, Glasgow


Classic Line-Up, Reunion, Dave Allen & Ross Sinclair, Containerize/KW, Berlin


Konstakuten, Malmö (with Åsa Andersson)

Sawn-Off, Kulturhuset, Stockholm (cat.)

Nine Till Twelve Rehearsal, Kunst-Werke Berlin


Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin

Mu-Terem Galerie, Budapest (with Martin Boyce)(cat.)

City Racing, London (with Roddy Buchanan)


Live Version, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia and Tramway, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions (Selection)


Bie Bienalle III, Bie, SE


Sound and Silence, KonstMuseum Bonn, DE (cat.)


Windows and Corners, Elastic, Stockholm SE


Für die Vögel, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich, AS

This is not a Love Song, PSM Gallery, Berlin DE


Familienstand, Hanse-Gate, Hamburg DE (cat.)

Bie Bienalle II, Bie, SE

Artists who make music Musicians who make art, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow


Lokal: Franz Kafka, Reiseburo Global, Berlin DE

Revenge of the Crystal, SADE, Los Angeles

The Transported Man, Broad Art Museum at Michigan state University, US (cat.)

På Annan Plats, Ystads Konstmuseum, SE


ELASTIC at Vagnsverkstaden, Varvsstaden, Malmö SE

Bie Bienalle, Bie, SE

Dave Allen and Pol Matthé, Mount Analogue, Stockholm SE


Passion: Fan Behaviour and Art; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Kunsthaus Nürnberg and Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2016). (cat.)


Whole Lotta Love, Publication Studio, Vancouver CA

Elastic – A Group Show, Elastic Gallery, Stockholm SE

This is our Art, This is our Music, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen DK


allgirls editions @ UHU, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz / Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

POPISM – Dave Allen / Candice Breitz / Douglas Gordon, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin

Monopol, Norrmalmstorg 12, Stockholm


I Wish This Was A Song. Music In Contemporary ArtThe Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo (cat.)

Sounds like Silence (Cage – 4’33” – Stille / 1912 – 1952 – 2012), HMKV, Dortmund (cat.)


Backstage Riders, Ehemaliges Tagesspiegel Gelände, Berlin

Wave-Cut Platform, 83 Hill St. Glasgow


Parkliv, Marabouparken, Stockholm (cat.)

Collage #2, Flimmern, RSTR4, Munich


This is the Score (Parts I and II), Elastic, Malmö

Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (cat.)

Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (cat.)

Richard Prince and the Revolution, ProjecteSD, Barcelona

Anzengruber B, Cafe Anzengruber, Vienna

Stage II, The Project Gallery, New York


The Sound I’m Looking For, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver

Rock My Religion l, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca


Presque Rien I, Laure Genillard, London

Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, Alt.Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tanzen, Sehen – The Provocation of the Media in the Dialogue of Dance and Fine Art, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo Sevilla (cat.)


Hysteria Siberiana, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon (cat.)

sonambiente 2006, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (cat.)

Where the Wild Things Are, DCA, Dundee

While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body, Migros Museum, Zurich (cat.)

If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it…, The Showroom, London

Die 90er, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen


ADAM, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam

Stabile Seitenlage, Museum Bochum; Galerie der Künstler, Munich; Kunsthaus Dresden; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen (cat.)

Dedicated to You But You Weren’t Listening, The Power Plant, Toronto

Club Transmediale 05, Maria, Berlin (cat.)

Murmur, Tent, Rotterdam


None of the Above, Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art, New York

Schöner Wohnen, BE-PART, Waregem, BE (cat.)

Open, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia

Hit and Run, Platform Garanti, Istanbul (cat.)

Louder This Time, Cityloop, Villa Galvani, Pordenone

Ouroborous, CCA, Glasgow

Galerie Marres, Maastricht

What Did You Expect?, Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels


Dave Allen – Naomi Ben-Shahar – Bernadette Corporation, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg

Jammed, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam

We’ll Meet You in the Lobby, Buyuk Londra Oteli, Istanbul

Zeno Map, Biennale Venedig / Venice Biennial

Display Niedersachsen, Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen, Berlin


Internationales Netzwerk, Kunstsommer Wiesbaden

Music in Me, GAK, Bremen

Here and Now, Büro Friedrich, Berlin

Air Guitar, MKG, Milton Keynes (cat.)

The Berlin Files, De Chiara Gallery, New York


Le Studio, Yvon Lambert, Paris

Freundschaft, Galerie Kuckei & Kuckei, Berlin

Here & Now, Scottish Art 1990 – Present, DCA, Dundee (cat.)

Wiederaufnahme/Retake, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (cat.)

Circles #4, ZKM, Karlsruhe (cat.)

Songs of Love and Hate, galerie wieland, Berlin


We Want to Believe, Sparwasser, Berlin

For Those About To Rock…, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz and Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg (cat.)

Can 303s Heal?, The Modern Institute at Kiasma, Helsinki


All Needles on Eleven, Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Radio Tuesday, All Horizons Club, Glasgow

Networking the Bible, P-House Gallery, Tokyo


Centerum Censeo, Galerie im Marstall, Berlin

Art Club Berlin, Berlin Art Forum, Berlin

Networking the Bible, Sali-Gia Gallery, London

Hardline, Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Art Club Berlin, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

A4, Villa Minimo, Hannover


D.I.Y. – Mapping & Instruction, Bricks and Kicks, Vienna (cat.)

Art Club Berlin, Berlin Art Forum, Berlin

Eurovision, 200 Russell St, Melbourne

Networking the Bible, Konstakuten, Stockholm

Wish You Were Here Too, Hill St, Glasgow


Sick Building/Compartments, Transmission at Globe, Copenhagen (cat.)

Index Multiples, Galerie Index, Stockholm

Dave Allen, Jonathan Monk, Flora Neuwirth, Ross Sinclair and Betty Stürmer, allgirls Gallery, Berlin

Brain Mail, Broad Studio 17, CalArts, CA, USA

Three Day Weekend, Eros Travel Company, Vienna

Notell Hotel, Moathouse Hotel, Glasgow

30 Secs Plus Title, Luxus.cont, Berlin


Karaoke, South London Art Gallery, London

Young British Art, Eigen + Art, Berlin at IAS, London

30 Secs Plus Title, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto


Some of My Friends, Galleri Campbells Occasionally, Copenhagen

Summer Group Show, Three Day Weekend, 14th St., Los Angeles

My Little Toilet, Jonathan Monk’s Apartment, Glasgow

Couch Potatoes, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow


30 Secs Plus Title, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

Interim, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Left Luggage, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Los Angeles …

Performances (p) / Radio Broadcasts (r) / Film Screenings (f) / Audio Releases


MMM + 1/MMM, Elastic, Stockholm (p)

Inverted and Pursued Ferrari with Jakob Riis, Radiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow UK (r)


Inverted OhTon, Bie Biennale, Bie, SE (p)


Love Songs for Felice B, as part of Lokal: Franz Kafka, Reiseburo Global, Berlin (p)

Miniatures LP, Great Learning Orchestra, GLO, Stockholm, SE


Near an Open Window, Radiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow UK (r)


There Comes a Point When the Score is Thrown Away, performance by the Great Learning Orchestra, Marabouparken Stockholm 22.10.2014


Set Yr Controls for the Heart of Sun House, Dubbelradio/Mobile Radio, Konsthall C, 21.9.2013 (r)


Inverted and Pursued Ferrari, (with Jakob Riis), Klubb YoYo, Malmö (p)

Sounds Like Silence, HMKV Dortmund/Gruenrekorder (cd)

Sounds Like Silence, Deutschland Radio, 24.08.2012 (r)


Konsthall C, Stockholm (p)

Svart Fet Jord, Fylkingen, Stockholm (p)

Improvisations / Collaborations: Dave Allen / Chris Corsano / Zeena Parkins, Serralves Foundation / Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (p)

IASPISH, Hornstull Strand/IASPIS, Stockholm (p)


It Swung Back and Forth, Back and Forth Until Forever. Then it Stopped and it Howled Endlessly, vinyl record, published by Little & Large Editions, Berlin

Inverted Oh-Ton, Café Fortuna/RSTR4, Munich

It Swung Back and Forth, Back and Forth Until Forever. Then it Stopped and it Howled Endlessly, Liste 15 Basel (p) / Elastic Malmö (p)

One and Three and Four, Gothenburg International Film Festival (f)


It Swung Back and Forth, Back and Forth Until Forever. Then it Stopped and it Howled Endlessly, Allgirls, Berlin (p)

Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (p)

Canon to the Hammer of the Gods, vinyl record, published by Wiener Secession, Vienna


April 1898, Wiener Secession, Vienna (p)

Games For May, Ö1 Kunstradio – Radiokunst, Vienna (r)

Contributor, FREI-Fanzine, Wiener Secession, Vienna

The Sound I’m Looking For, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancounver (p)


Full Pull 07, Malmö (p)

Kino Eye #7, Mukha, Antwerp


amusic, Index/club Ugglan, Stockholm (p)

Audio Relay, Indiana (r)


Radiodays, De Appel, Amsterdam (r)

Art Metropole, Toronto (p)

Mercersound CD, Venice 2005, Mercer Union, Toronto

Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin (p)


Rebootfm, Reboot, Berlin (r)

Platform Garanti, Istanbul (p)

Artist Project, C Magazine #80, Toronto


Inverted Oh-Ton, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg (p)


The Mirrored Catalogue d’Oiseaux, vinyl record, published by Boileau & Narcejac, Frankfurt a. M.


Before Tomorrow Comes, CD#3, Kyra Stratmann (ed.), Cologne

For Those About To Rock, vinyl record, Revolver Verlag, Frankfurt a. M.

Selected Bibliography

Bie Biennal #3/2022 Det Våta Språket, Bie Biennal/Lars Hermansson, SE 2022

Materials, Practices, and Politics of Shine in Modern Art and Popular Culture, Eds. A. Krause-Wahl, P. Löffler and Ä. Söll, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, UK

Sound and Silence, the Sound of Silence in Contemporary Art. KonstMuseum Bonn, Wienand Verlag, 2020 (cat)

Svante Larsson, Ett Gott Skämt Tål att Upprepas, Verktidskrift mag online, 2020.

The Transported Man, Ed. Marc-Olivier Wahler, MSU Broad, Michigan, USA, 2018 (cat)

Lokal – Franz Kafka, Reiseburo Global, Berlin, publ. Raimar Stange, 2017 (cat)

Jan Tumlir, The Magic Circle: On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records, Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2015

Passion: Fan Behaviour and Art, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2015 (cat)

Time Pieces, Video Art Since 1963, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2014

Jonas Ekeberg, Kunstkritikk mag online, 2013

Ich Möchte Teil einer Jugendstilbewegung Sein, Der Beethovenfries Wiener Secession, Vienna, 2013

Frieze Art Fair London Catalogue 2012-3, Frieze, London, 2012 (cat)

I Wish This Was A Song. Music in Contemporary Art, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, 2012 (cat)

Sounds Like Silence, HMKV Dortmund/Spector Books, 2012 (cat)

Lars Hermansson, Dave Allen Calder Brown at Elastic, gallery notes,

Rui Eduardo Paes, Dave Allen’s Silence in Dave Allen/Chris Corsano/Zeena Parkins Improvisations/Collaborations, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal, 2011

Parkliv, Marabouparken, Stockholm, 2010 (cat.)

Between Zones/Zwischenzonen, Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartkunst, Zurich, 2010 (cat.)

Palais De Tokyo Vol. 3, Paris, 2010

Palais De Tokyo Magazine 10, Paris, 2009

Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, 2009 (cat.)

Andreas Schlaegel, Dave Allen, in: Flash Art No. 261 July – September 2008, Milan, 2008

Raimar Stange, Cover Me, in: Dave Allen, Wiener Secession, Vienna, 2008 (cat.)

Stefanie Scheit, Der Tanz als kultureller Körper, in: Tanzen, Sehen, Siegen and Sevilla, 2007

Raimar Stange, crossOVER, in: sonambiente, Berlin, 2006 (cat.)

Christiane Mennicke, The Presence of Absence, in: Stabile Seitenlage, Frankfurt a. M., 2005 (cat.)

Dave Allen, Song Drawings / Paintings 1996 – 2005, Art Metropole, Toronto, 2005

Emily Hall, None of the Above, in: Artforum, March, 2005

QSL, Middlesborough Museum of Modern Art, 2004 (CD)

Elena Filipovic, What Did You Expect?, in: frieze, 86, 10/2004

Notes on the Song Drawings & Other Musical Manuscripts, in: D Magazine, Pilot Issue, June 2004

Raimar Stange, Zurück in die Kunst, Hamburg, 2003

April LammDave Allen at Laura Mars Grp. Berlin, in: tema celeste, 94, 11/12 2002

Jan Verwoert, Dave Allen, in: frieze, 69, 9/2002

Circles – Individuelle Sozialisation und Netzwerkarbeit in der zeitgenössischen Kunst,

ZKM Karlsruhe, Frankfurt a. M., 2002 (cat.)

Raimar Stange, Dave Allen, in: Artist Magazine, 25, 2002

Raimar Stange, Sur.Faces, Interviews 2001/2002, Frankfurt a. M., 2002

Air Guitar – Art Reconsidering Rock Music, MKG, Milton Keynes, 2002 (cat.)

Harald Fricke, Mysterien der Aufnahmetechnik, Dave Allens „Recording“-Arbeiten, in: Wiederaufnahme,

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, 2001 (cat.)

Will Bradley, Rebellious Jukebox, in: Dave Allen, The Showroom, London, 2001 (cat.)

Gregor Jansen, Musik im neuen Kunstverein, in: Kunst-Bulletin, 11/2001

Harald Fricke, Songs of Love and Hate, in: Artforum, October 2001

Martin Herbert, Dave Allen, in: Time Out, 24.10.2001

Helen Sumpter, Can You Hear What It is Yet?, in: The Big Issue, 458, 2001

Daniel Boese, Befreite Sounddateien, in: TAZ, 7.6.2001

John Miller, The Use Value of Rock, in: For Those About To Rock…, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, 2000 (cat. and LP)

Sabine B. Vogel, For Those About To Rock…, in: Kunst-Bulletin, 4/2000

Raimar Stange, Das Klischee als Zeichen des Begehrens, in: Neue Bildende Kunst, 5/1998

Maria Lind, Männlicher Masochismus und Feel-Good-Stimmung: Zwei Leitmotive in Videos der 90er Jahre, in: Make It Funky, Jahresring 45, Köln, 1998

Harald Fricke, Happiness is a Warm Rehearsal Room, in: Sawn-Off, Stockholm, 1996 (cat.)

Katrina Brown, Sawn-Off, in: Art Monthly, 196, 1996

Ross Sinclair, Nietzsche, the Beastie Boys and Masturbating as an Art Form, in: New Art in

Scotland, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow, 1994 (cat.)

Ross Sinclair, Getting Closer to Failure, in: BE Magazine, 2, 1994