Zayne Armstrong

ZAYNE ARMSTRONG -- @zaynearmstrong -- Days Online

BIOGRAPHY: b. '86 California
Berlin & Oslo
MFA Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
BFA Central Saint Martins, London
2007-2013 half of the duo S/Z with Elliott Elliott
2014-2017 part of the collective virtual identity Agatha Valkyrie Ice
2018-Present working in duo with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard



-- Eckbos Legat Jubileumsstipend - at Vigeland Museum, Oslo
May-Sept. 2023
with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard


-- Beni: Under The Influencer - Agder Kunstsenter, Kristiansand
Mar.-Apr. 2023
solo show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard

Days pilot poster

-- Days (pilot) -
Porn Film Festival Berlin 17, Berlin - 25-30 Oct. 2022
22:00, 27 Oct., Babylon Kino, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
14:30, 29 Oct., Moviemento Kino, Neukölln, Berlin.
screenings with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard


-- Zum schönen Knie II - Doom Spa, Ernst Reuter Platz, Berlin
22 Sept.-02 Oct. 2022
group show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard
curated by
Roseline Rannoch


-- Blowout - Kling & Bang, Reykjavik
20 Aug.-24 Sept. 2022
group show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard

pictured -

"Puke of the Earth"", 2022
Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong
Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 200 x 28 cm


"Bedside Table with Toppings", 2022
Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong
Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 28 x 4 cm


-- Bronzed, brassed and coppered. at Sundy, London
solo show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard
23 Jul.-13 Aug. 2022
pictured -

“Headstand Figure”, 2022
Printed polyester ripstop, plastic electric fan
186 x 70 x 65 cm

“Push-up Figure”, 2022
Printed polyester taffeta, metal electric fan
120 x 140 x 58 cm

“Sit-up Figure”, 2022
Printed polyester ripstop, metal electric fan
78 x 200 x 58 cm

photo credit: Liam Tickner & Sundy, London


-- garageN - graw böckler, Erich-Lodemann-Str 79, 12437 Berlin
07-10 July 2022
group show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard


-- Zum schönen Knie I - Doom Spa, Ernst Reuter Platz, Berlin
21-26 June 2022
group show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard
curated by
Roseline Rannoch


-- FLEUR - Envie Pressante 2/4 Exhibition, Paris
Sept.- Oct. 2021
The second in a circuit of four presentations of self-published books.


-- Days Fotogalleriet, Oslo

Oct.-Dec. 2020
solo show with Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard

digital test screening 1 - with Siri Hjorth , Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas , Emanuele Guidi, Fan Popo , and Antonio Cataldo

digital test screening 2 - with responses from Andrea Lissoni, Carolina Saquel , Yony Leyser , and Kita Updike , moderated by Antonio Cataldo


-- Anadu, Armstrong, Madison - Lago Mio , Lugano

Oct.-Dec. 2019

the closing exhibition of Lago Mio Artist Residency , Lugano, Switzerland

July-October, 2019

directors - Benedikt Wyss & Carlotta Zarattini

committee - Giulia Brivio , Elise Lammer , Samuel Leuenberger , Alice Nicotra, Claudia Scholz, Philip Selzer, Giovanna Silva, Claudio Vogt, Johannes Willi

with support from - The City of Lugano


-- Work Sessions - On&For Production, hosted by Nordland Kunst- og Filmskole , Kabelvåg, Norway

3 September, 2019

presenting - "Days" a soap opera by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong, with Lene Berg


-- What is radical film? - Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin

2-4 May, 2019

presenting - "Days" a soap opera by Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong


-- The Way of the Novel , Oracle , Berlin

27 May-29 June 2016

group exhibition curated by - Bärbel Trautwein & Daniel Herleth

with - Thomas Jeppe , Adam Kaplan , Flora Klein , Hatsune Miku, Dominik Sittig , Agatha Valkyrie Ice ( Ana Andra & Zayne Armstrong)


-- ∑ - Summe , Villa Renata , Basel

November-December 2015

group exhibition / project space festival - participation as OSLO10 , showing two collectively produced films, installation conception by Ana Andra & Aaron Ritschards


-- Pavilion Suite , Palazzo Durazzo-Cattaneo Adorno, Genova

Nov. 2015

group exhibition curated by - THEVIEW studio / Francesco Garutti

with - Daniel Gustav Cramer , Haris Epaminonda , Zayne Armstrong, Ian Law , Davide Stucchi , Hans-Christian Lotz , Peter Wächtler

------------------------------------------------------- Pool at Seen Through

-- Pool video and text about the pool video , Seen Through , Stuttgart

February-March 2015

solo exhibition curated by - Ronald Kolb & Ute von Heubach


-- eStamina – Emmy Skensved and Grégoire Blunt - Import Projects , Berlin

February-March 2015

with texts by - Anna Sagström + Matilda Tjäder, Susy Oliviera, Zayne Armstrong, Emma Siemens-Adolphe, Susan Ploetz, Jeni Fulton, Kate Brown, Wojciech Olejnik, Antoine Renard, Mark Stroemich, Robin Murphy, Carl Palm + Sebastian Rozenberg, Lauryn Youden, Viktor Timofeev, Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Beny Wagner, Shaun Motsi, Luca Iemi, Dylan Aiello, Alex Turgeon, Bitsy Knox, Clémence de La Tour du Pin


-- OSLO10 , Basel - curatorial residency
co-curator with Agatha Valkyrie Ice
April 2015 to March 2017
supported by - Christoph Merian Stifftung , Basel

------------------------------------------------------- Gorgias 1

-- Complimenta 1, Complimenta , Ithaca, New York
August 2013
curated by - Sarah Elliott & Clara Chapin Hess


-- pcnc_bay XII: mixtape group exhibition , Ve.sch , Vienna
May 2014
curated by - Anna Holtz,
Lucia Elena Prusa and Manuel Scheiwiller


-- Sweets In Jars, Seeds In Bags, Jars In Stores, Bags In Stores , Ausstellungsraum Klingental , Basel
May-Jul. 2012
co-curated by - Zayne Armstrong, John Beeson, Manuel Scheiwiller
with contributions from - Thomas Baldischwyler , Stefan Burger , Olivier Castel , Francis Frederick, Laure Prouvost , Kirsty Roberts, Kilian Rüthemann , Manuel Scheiwiller, S/Z
works presented / above:

- S/Z Builds Benches On Request (The Tourist) , 2012, series of interviews written out in colored pencil on the wall
- S&G Dances (for 6 people) , 2008, 8 min choreographed performance


-- Teaser , Upominki , Rotterdam
June 2012
group exhibition curated by - Vivian Sky Rehberg


-- Monaco Magazine Issue 6 , David Roberts Art Foundation , London
Mar. 2012
magazine launch event curated by - Katie Guggenheim


-- Monaco Magazine Issue 5 , Royal College of Art , London
magazine launch event curated by - Katie Guggenheim


-- Director's Cut , Rotterdam Plaza, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
Nov.-Dec. 2011
group exhibition curated by - Vanessa Ohlraun
works presented / above:

- 80+ Stories , 2011, A4 ball-point pen on paper
- Posthistorical Humanity , 2011, 24 ball-point pen on paper


-- Three Artists Walk Into A Bar … , de Appel Boys School, Amsterdam
Apr.-May 2012
curated by - The Black Swan (Antonia Alampi, Katia Krupennikova, Qinyi Lim, Sanne Oorthuizen, Alec Steadman, Ivana Vaseva)

------------------------------------------------------- Set #31 - Red Still

-- ' Sym-Posium: Life will be frozen peaches and cream baby, dream your dream! ' , Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
Feb. 2012
symposium curated by - Kirsty Roberts & Toon Fibbe

------------------------------------------------------- S/Z Builds Benches On Request

-- Needed by Things , Furnished Space , London
Feb. 2011
group exhibtion curated by - Tamsin Clark
with - Stefano Calligro , Coracle Press, Ian Homerston , S/Z
works presented:

- S/Z Builds Benches On Request , 2011, Tamsin's fruit bowl loaned to a grocers', a wall text, jams


-- Testing Ground: Time Scale , Zabludowicz Collection , 176 Prince of Wales Road, London
Jan.-Feb. 2011
group exhibtion curated by - Royal College of Arts' MA Curatorial Programme, London
as S/Z


-- Monaco Magazine Issue 2 , ICA , London
magazine launch event curated by - Katie Guggenheim


-- Programme Three: The Studio as Non-Place , Perth Institute of Contemporary Art , Australia
Nov. 2011
curated by - Lucy Moore


-- No Soul For Sale , c/o Next Visit, Tate Modern , London
May 2010
as S/Z

------------------------------------------------------- The Restaurant at Griboyedov House (in Buenos Aires)

-- Die Fuge - La Cueva de Cristal , Mark Morgan Perez Garage , Buenos Aires
Feb.-Mar. 2010
group exhibtion curated by - Roman Schramm & Hella Gerlach
installation view of

- The Restaurant at Griboyedov House (in Buenos Aires) , 2010 - with contributions from Sydney Hart & David B. Smith


-- An invitation, a score and plans to re-make ' Slow Motion ,' , Hermes und der Pfau , Stuttgart
Nov. 2009-Jan. 2010
solo exhibtion curated by - Anne Sofie Ruckhaburle & Philipp Ziegler
installation views of

- Re-made 'Slow Motion' , 2009, 37 min DV video
- After A Description of a Struggle , 2009, 24 A4 page 'score' for a performance
- Curtains , 2009 - wood slats (& absent packing blankets)


-- Bold Tendencies III , London
works featured in the light-box curated by - Lucky PDF


-- After Hours , London
group exhibtion curated by - Patrick Shire

- Recital (Le Proces / Handel / Architecture of Excess) , 2009


-- Panda Malin Head , Auto Italia South East , London
Jun.-Jul. 2009
group exhibtion curated by - Amanda Dennis & James Lewis
as S/Z


-- Monaco Magazine Issue 1 , Mulberry Tree Press, London
magazine launch event curated by - Katie Guggenheim

- Mock ups for a Presentation of Joey Friedman’s Rock Collection , 2009


-- No Soul For Sale , c/o Next Visit, X Initiative, New York
Jun.-Jul. 2009
as S/Z


-- Menu , Savoy Cafe, London
curated by - Katie Guggenheim & Rosie Cooper


-- About , Auto Italia South East , London
Nov.-Dec. 2009
curated by - Zayne Armstrong
with contributions from - Olivier Castel / Katie Guggenheim / Justin Jaeckle , Sarah Elliott (with Francesco Pedraglio and Richard Houguez), Peggy Frank , Frederick Fuller, Lydia Gifford , Robin Kirsten, Ian Pedigo , Samuel Whittaker
exhibition text by - Richard John Jones , and David Cook


-- An X About X , Open( )Interval, Chicago
Apr. 2008
as S/Z


-- 'Zayne Armstrong / Olaf Habbelman' , Next Visit, Berlin


-- Epic , Auto Italia South East , London
Mar.-Apr. 2008
group exhibtion curated by - Kate Cooper , Rachel Pimm and Amanda Dennis


-- Ken 35 Kenton Road , London - 2007-2009
founding director & curator - Zayne Armstrong
hosting performances by - Helene Nymann , Christer Lundahl & Martina Seidel, Some Beekeepers (David Cook/Julia Rich/Sarah Elliott), S/Z, Sarah Elliott, Aurora Tabar, Sabina Donnelly


-- S/Z - collaborative practice with Elliott Elliott, from 2007




-- L'ex de Félix - 2021

format - color HD video, 25fps, stereo sound
length - 3 mins
written, produced, directed & edited by - Zayne Armstrong
camera - Nadja Krüger
light - Oskur Garzia
music - Alexis Chan
sound - Marcel Dadalto
typography - Valentin Verron
featuring a reproduction of a missing book by - Elizabeth Ravn
featuring a dildo candle by - Rb Erin Moran
featuring a planter by - Adrian Ebrahimi Tajadod

starring - Emil Borgeest , Hans Kiesler, Lou Griffith-Jones , Mathea Magdalena , Özgün Uyumaz, Athanasios Anagnostopoulos


-- Days - pilot - 2021

An experimental serial drama which questions the social imaginary of the ‘soap opera’ by substituting the abstracted Hollywood world of the long-running U.S. show Days of Our Lives , with the specifics of contemporary Berlin.

format - color SD video, 25fps, stereo sound
length - 69 mins
created by - Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard & Zayne Armstrong

written by - Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, Zayne Armstrong, Lene Berg , Seán Gallen , Jan Peter Horstmann , Zain Saleh

script contributions from - Alaa Abdullatif, Andrea Birmingham, Nicholas Korody , Ottokar Lehrner, Stine Omar , Kotti Yun

cinematography - Ashton C. Green
music by - 333 Boyz
sound design - Marcel Dadalto
costumes by - Erna Ostanek
line producer - Jan Peter Horstmann
assistant director - Kristof Trakal
production assistant - Marin Håskjold

animation/VFX - Mario Campos Castellano, Justin Swinburne

matt paintings - Caio Soares
title design - Rosen Eveleigh

set photographer - Silke Briel
art department assistant - Beth Collar
hair & makeup - Nuria de Lario

featuring artworks by - 333 Boyz, Ulrike Buck , Bob Kil , Nicholas Korody, Elizabeth Ravn

opening title sequence video - Annelies Kamen

cast - Alaa Abdullatif, Anahita Alebouyeh, Amir Asgharnejad, Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, Andrea Birmingham, Jens Bluemlein, Julie Chance, Juan Carlos Cuadrado, Murat Dikenci, Seán Gallen, Ana Kavalis, Meri Koivisto, Ottokar Lehrner, Marie Noël, Fan Popo, Ruth Rosenfeld, Robin Schick, Elena Schmidt, Kotti Yun

made with support from - Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Arts Council Norway, Association of Norwegian Visual Artists, Fritt Ord Foundation, Radical Film Network, On&For Production


-- Colloquio - 2019

An fragmented interview with a eurythmy teacher about the Steiner school method of 'Child Study'.

format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with stereo sound
length - 53 mins
written, directed, shot & edited by - Zayne Armstrong

produced & presented by - Lago Mio , Lugano - Benedikt Wyss & Carlotta Zarattini

featuring - Maria Enrica Torcianti, Luca Rossi Dossi , Silvia Carloni, Lorenzo Tosoni

assistant director & translator - Luca Rossi Dossi
made with support from - The City of Lugano


-- Visual Effects - 2019

An anaysis of costumes for witches.

format - full HD, color, silent
length - 7 min 21 sec
written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
made with support from -
Lago Mio , Lugano


-- Tumbler - 2019

A guy returns to Berlin to move out of his ex-boyfriend’s apartment. With all his generic Ikea products haunted by his recent ex, he tries to find a new place to live, and a way to contend with this haunting.

format - SD, 25fps, color, stereo sound
length - 15 mins
written, directed, shot and edited by - Zayne Armstrong
production design - Charlotte Spichalsky
gaffer - Oskur Garzia

cast - Jens Bluemlein , Til Schindler , Antonia Jonas , Tommy Camerno , Oliver Szerkus , Martin Gerard, Simon David Altmann , Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard , Joris Hube, Kerstin Cmelka , Alexander Windner Lieberman , Ulrike Buck , Peter Seaton-Clark , Pauł Sochacki , Philipp Kleinfelder , Daniel Kupferberg , Henning Behnsen


-- Boss - 2018

A sculptor realises that she has given her assistant too much control over her studio.

format - 4K, 25fps, color, stereo sound
length - 25 mins
written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
produced by - Zayne Armstrong and Silvia Maggi
assistant director - Grace Kim
cinematography - Smina Bluth
music - Stephen Warrington
sound design - Marcel Dadalto
first assistant camera -
Imogen Heath
gaffer - Catalina Fernandez
lighting technicians - Corinna Schönherr, Oskur Garzia
production design - Romy Kießling,
Charlotte Spichalsky
costumes & make-up - Rosa Flux
sound recordist - Manuela Schininá
ADR recordist - Marcel Dadalto
catering - Viola Ciucciomei
editor - Zayne Armstrong
assistant editor -
Rúben Gonçalves
featuring artworks by -
Olivier Castel
shooting location - Burge , Berlin
drivers - Tilmann Teske, Anne-Cecile Desjardin
art department assistant - Joris Hube

stills photographer - Jacopo Arcucci
cast - Florentine Schara , Henry McMillan , Fan Popo , Jens Bluemlein , Lola Rubio , Tommy Camerno , Juan Carlos Cuadrado, Joana-Maria Rueffer , Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard , Marilyn Mouradian, Anna Amalie Blomeyer , Mikael D. Brkic , Ken Renaldi, Genea Manenti, Lene Berg , Eva Crespo, Marco Montes, Joris Hube, Lelio Mont Martinez, Imri Kahn , Anna Zett , Henning Behnsen, Stephanie Gillespie, Matthew Gillespie, Megan Gillespie, Clas Hannes, Leticia Gonzalez, Jacqueline Talbot


-- Various Mountains - 2018

The tourist attraction of a shrinking glacier, an inaccessible landfill, a tractor driving through a beach cleaning up the aftermath of a storm while vacationers read Lacan, a seaside concrete factory, watching the dismantling of a wedding gazebo while the cameraman gets a back massage, analysing the body of a carpet salesman.

written & edited & shot by - Zayne Armstrong
format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with sound
length - 35 mins


-- Transient - 2018

A woman's body is found in a ditch. We see her met with resistance as she attempts to live 'outside' in the Pacific North West in the last days of her life.

format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with stereo sound
length - 110 mins
director / cinematographer / producer - Zayne Armstrong

based on the film ‘ Sans toit ni loi ’ (1985), written & directed by Agnès Varda

cast - Daya Jaggers, Paula Lynam, Sara McGoodwin, Shevawn Armstrong, Megan Vandever, Buckminster Hickman, Dave Nourie, Gwen Armstrong, Kyle Sanderson, Kevin Rae, Ethan Firpo, Mia Qualkenbush, Casey Hill, Eli Schless, Mingo, Omari Mohemed Mdimi, Ethan Hennes, Rudy Barela, Stephany Balcazar


-- Ken - 2018

As a filmmaker is given a tour of the Carrara marble industry, he is confronted by his role as an artist in the representation of contemporary labor politics.

format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with stereo sound
length - 35 mins
written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong

produced by - THEVIEW Studio for "Sant'Ilario Pavilion Project", Vittorio Dapelo and Francesco Garutti

cast - Tommy Camerno , Davide Stucchi , Alice Arcuri , Maria Teresa Telara , Marco de Gaudio, Mauro Tonazzini, Adriano Gerbi, Michele Basaldella

voices - Daniel Hendrickson, Richard Hancock, Anna Schmidt , Marzia Tedschi, Seby Ciurcina, Ruben Montini

cinematography - Julia Lemke
music & sound design - Manuela Schininá
color grading - Caio Soares
title design - Clemens Jahn
translation - Luca Iemi
featuring artworks by - Ian Law

in cooperation with - The Tuscany Film Commission , Genova Liguria Film Commission , Genova Film Service, Ristorante Ciccio Marina, Tor Art S.r.l. , Studio d'Arte Telara, Carrara, NexFilm Berlin, Medienwerkstatt Berlin im Kulturwerk des BBK Berlin GmbH


-- Tom

The toilet freshener in the studio smells like the one in Gauguin's old house, they prepare a complicated visual effects shot, take off your shirt for the tracking marks, wake up in CDG airport, staying with some guy in the apartment at Gauguin's old house, so many French pastries, how to tell if a racing bike is the right size, rabbit skin glue smells like cum, drawing portraits is erotic, prints of skin, what's a slipstream, pulling flesh off a chicken carcass, Tom's paintings of fools.


-- Gorgias - 2015

Socrates arrives with friends, Polus questions Chaerephon on his behalf, Julian works the teleprompter, Gorgias gets a text message and has to leave, Christian enters the apartment, Michael has to go to the shrink, the gallery owner flirts and watches Loretta's video too, the origins of religious representation with Kippenberger paintings, he's seeing someone else, I play the recorder, his mom is talking about the era of Aristotle, he sleeps with the gallery owner, what is your idea of intimacy if your intimate with everyone, they go see Prometheus, they also go see Prometheus.

format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with sound
written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
with - Christian Tonner
featuring - John Beeson, Julian Curico, Mathias Kruger, André Wendler
cinematography - Julia Lemke
2nd camera - Beny Wagner


-- Pentelikon - 2014

A mountain in a wealthy suburb of Athens, it was late October, there were reports of green orbs of light, two dogs joined on the hike up to the abandoned NATO base, the commercial quarries have been closed since the 70's, the explosives that have damaged the Parthanon and Syntagma square, a silhouette of a man at the mouth of the Devil's Cave, some sort of white creature disappears behind an abandoned column, this is the birth place of theatre, the bathrooms in the city's hotels are clad in marble, a humanoid emerges from the stone.

written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with sound
length - 10 mins / 10 mins 58 secs
with the voice of - Sabina Donnelly
sound production assistance - Jacopo Vannini
made with the support of - Medienweekstatt, BBK Berlin


-- Episode 2: Corridors at OSLO10 , Basel - 2015

produced by - Ana Andra & Zayne Armstrong with Agatha Valkyrie Ice & OSLO10 , Basel

edited by - Ana Andra & Zayne Armstrong
cinematography - Moritz Schermbach

featuring - Berlin Community Radio , Harry Burke , @Gaybar , Fez Momo , Anastasia Filipovna , Lars TCF Holdhus , Puppies Puppies , Prop&Lean , Sarah Elliott, Ian Law , Lisbent , Garrett Nelson , Lord Soft, Ramaya Tegegne , Claire Tolan , Young Boy Dancing Group , Young Girl Reading Group, and Anna Zett


-- Episode 1: Welcome to Ai Crib! - 2015
written by - Zayne Armstrong & Agatha Valkyrie Ice
edited by - Zayne Armstrong
format - Full HD, 25fps, color, with sound
length - 13 mins 37 secs
produced by - Agatha Valkyrie Ice & OSLO10 , Basel
with - DJ HVAD, Lisbent, T-Drunk, Asian Eyez & Ginger Boss


-- Set #31

Susanna has been locked in the closet, Mickey needs a place to stay tonight, Daan is stepping on the Edmund's toes, the gardener is drunk, Valery shot Andy, James got mad at Sarah because of someone else, The Countess actually hasn't slept with the page boy, someone stole Edmund's computer, Henri didn't die well enough, the bean soup burnt, the camera was stolen, Figaro is resurrected.

format - Full HD, color, with sound
written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
production designer / producer - Elliott Elliott
co-producer - Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
executive producer - Petra van der Kooij

cast - Niek Alten, Mickey van Rijn, Ottavia Nigris, Henri van Adelberg, Kieran Dolan, Fiona James, Floris Timman, Tiziana Chessa

costume design and casting - Kirsty Roberts
production sound - Josu Redondo
director of photography - Edmund Cook
assistant director - Daan Bunnik
production assistants - Suyin Ridderstaat, Elaine Leidsman
casting assistant - Jasper Griepink
camera assistant - Malia Bloedon
boom operator - Koen den Nijs
gaffer - Javier Lloret
general production assistants - Edward Clive, Kevin Gallagher
pre-production assistant - Lucinda do Rosario
visual effects assistance - Quinten Swagerman, Lars Brekke

based on the Italian libretto for Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro written by Lorenzo Da Ponte


Compendium for Revisiting the Pool - 2015
format - silent Full HD, 25fps, color
length - 12 mins 27 secs
written, directed & edited by - Zayne Armstrong

made with support from - Seen Through , Stuttgart (Ronald Kolb & Ute von Heubach )


-- Revisiting the Pool - 2013

Left in the changing room, taking off a red leather jacket, sharing green shower gel, wearing a black speedo, walk to the pool, play at drowning friends, wait on the lane barrier, float upsidedown, sink into the water, free-diving, going down into the underwater pit, into total blackness, get out of the pool, shower, get dressed, put on white trainers, remove some lint.

format - EDTV, 16:9, 29.97fps, color, with sound
length - 12 mins 29 secs
written, directed & edited by - Zayne Armstrong


-- Protagoras - 2012

The making of domestic environments, how our clients spend their time socially and alone, what are their social dynamics, throw your hair back, group psychotherapy sessions, a character study of the domestic life, cut something, ideas of healthy living, edit the plans on the computer, hammer a piece on an architectural model, place your own ideology in the film, the social dynamics are heightened, to show off a bit, shot chronologically, charting on-screen movements, adjust the floral shirt, some of the other characters like Marcia Cross, we need a modelling agency, laugh throw your head back and drink some beer from a can, place an ideology.

format - EDTV, 4:3, 30fps, color, with sound
length - 12 mins 27 seconds
featuring - Cathy de Haan, Jasper Griepink
with the voice of - Kirsty Roberts


-- Set #30 - 2012

The cast are all protagonists, a knock on the palace door, Mozart tries to convince the king, I'd want to be a whale, climbing up inside the statue of liberty, a death wish for Moby Dick, it's unsuitable for our theatre, a lamentation by a puppet, an opera yes it's true, Bowie talks as Warhol, my sister Antoinette writes me she is frightened of her own people, some hundred steps, just a frolic, it's so new people will go mad for it, sell a painting, the maid comes into the argument, up the lift?, the gardener joins in, no elevator I walked up just like you, then the lawyer joins etcetera, when more than one person talk at the same time its noise, but music is not the issue here, choose more elevated themes, can I just show you?

format - DV 480p, 4:3, 25fps, color, with sound
length - 4 mins 45 seconds
written, directed & edited by - Zayne Armstrong


-- Re-Made 'Slow Motion' - 2009

A long pan of the sky of the inside of the gallery, call in 3 months time and I'll be fine, painting coloured squares with Evita, the tricks you can try on your partner and a stack of blue plastic chairs, musical revolution behind a German beer bench, my bedding, the art history class talks in the corridor with a long tracking shot, Anne talks with the artist who worked there with me, the Kahn has a big necklace, following shot with no one in the frame, the cleaner vacuums and I mimic a shot of a girl with a packing blanket on a chair, Andersen sings a song about ducks to a little boy with a blue stack of chairs and Philipp gets off the phone, Anne will pass by later, chocolates and cinematic strings, a laugh followed by a booming trumpet, the entrance in silence, projection-screen blue from below a chair with the art historian talking to Anne, night time in the gallery talking about little tricks to relaxing without masterbating, just the blurred background wondering if it's that time of month, the back door in the courtyard smashes closed with my shoes on the wooden floor, windows on screen and in the shot, Kate Winslet says because it's not true - I need my freedom, the extension cable with a hoorn, applause on the blue day bed ladies and gentlemen Lenny Bruce 'Super Jew' ... a nun but only on Fridays, king kong is ready now.

written & directed by - Zayne Armstrong
format - DV 480p, 4:3, 30fps, color, with sound
length - 37 mins 21 seconds
made with the support of - Hermes und der Pfau , Stuttgart


-- Set #17 - 2008
written, directed & edited by - Zayne Armstrong
format - DV 480p, 4:3, 30fps, color, with sound
length - 39 mins 29 seconds
made with the support of - Natalia Stachon / Next Visit Berlin



-- Near Split, 2022 - Hopscotch Reading Room, Berlin - 29 Sept. 2022
reading - for the release of "wind scratching microphone", by Henning Lundkvist, alongside a reading by Bitsy Knox, and music by Robin Watkins.

-- Something New Every Day, 2022
exhibition text for - Elizabeth Ravn's solo show "Something New Every Day" at Zyland Zoiropa, Berlin - Jan. 2022

-- Interview with a Friend , 2020
published in - "Writing Images: Conversations on Photography" 2021
edited by - Antonio Cataldo (Fotogallieret, Oslo)
Kehrer Verlag , Oslo
witten in conversation with - Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, Ziyad Hawwas

-- Gutshaus Gantikow , 2020
published by - Montez Press, London as part of their Writers Grant Shortlist
witten in conversation with - Kita Updike

-- Cléo , 2019
a collaboration with - M. Constantine
published in - "Edition 1: Chika Anadu, Zayne Armstrong, Tobias Madison, Johannes Willi", Lago Mio Editions, Lugano

-- A view, a vista, and plans to stage a beach vacation , 2012
published in - "Monaco Magazine: Issue 6", London, 2012

-- Review 9/2/2013 , 2013

-- Sweets in Jars, Seeds in Bags, Jars in Stores, Bags in Stores , 2012
exhibition text for - "Sweets in Jars, Seeds in Bags, Jars in Stores, Bags in Stores", Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel

-- Review 28/12/2012 , 2012

-- A Dream Made Reality: Marshall Who? , 2012

-- Character Studies , 2012
presented at - Teaser, Upominki, Rotterdam, 2012

-- Linda

I found a bunch of stuff in this flat file drawer, at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, labeled 'Linda', who I am pretty sure is a girl who graduated last year.

Olivia, who is on the course is running an exhibition platform in the first floor of the fine art building, called De Kunstinstituti, physically centering on this flat file. My show was the second show it hosted. The first had nothing to do with the flat file tho, not directly at least.

I found this drawer with another on the course named Jane, and we decided to take some of the things in the drawer, presumably to use in our work - and then I realized that I was actually not into any of the items individually per se and was more interested in this collection of items as a whole: wooden dowels, model making materials, thin sheets of bass wood, some plastic pieces, a section of Styrofoam, a few multiples of b/w photographic prints of caves, a record with a cave on the cover, a few text prints, pieces of tan lycra jersey, light pink paper, etc.

Jane let me have everything in the drawer for the exhibition - initially she had wanted to keep some of the items and upon preparing the invitation to the show I asked her about the wording of this notice in the text about Jane's ownership of some of the items, and she said she didn't mind not having them back, or something to this effect.

So I changed the name on the drawer to mine.

Earlier this week I photographed all these items, in my studio, against a grey tack-board, forming a kind of catalogue or index of the items.

Yesterday I asked Olivia to come have a look at the items to talk about the presentation of them as a potential exhibition in De Kunstinstituti, and after a concise conversation about my interests in this collection of items as a sort of biography of 'Linda', while the items are also charged with being discarded, or left behind, or thrown away even, we there and then wrote a text / invitation for the show and decided it should take place that evening. At 6 pm a room previously functioning as our programs' computer lab, was emptied in order to change the use of the space (I think it will be studios). During this interstice I asked all the students who were around to help me carry the items from my studio to this empty room.

Lot's of people helped and once all those who had helped had put the items down that they were carrying I announced that they could take what they wanted.

And in a sort of flurry, people snatched things up, and most of the items were gone in less than 5 minutes.

-- Reading Pragmatism with A Bottlebrush Plant in the Room , 2011
published in - Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, The Netherlands, ed. Axel Wieder & Bianna Choi

-- A Rewriting of Decreation , 2011
exhibition text for - Ian Law 'Add a description', galeria plan b, Berlin 2011

-- After a Description of a Struggle , 2009
presented at - Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart