As a South African artist split between London and Pretoria, I perform multiple roles as computer programmer, videographer, composer and performance artist. My art practice mainly serves as a means to ponder, transform and satisfy my own socio-political anxieties. Here Art and Science allow me to uncover the causes and symptoms of my somewhat schizophrenic concerns. Through the use of masquerade, mimicry and humour I navigate my entrapment within the post-human and postcolonial conditions with an emphasis on the fragility of relation and ultimately the politics and value of trust. I expand this fascination with trust through multiple collaborative projects including FLAT 34 and, both of which aim to challenge the "universalised mirage" of aesthetics.


Nelmarie Du Preez (Pretoria, 1985) is a South African artist whose research draws on various languages: performance, photography, video and computational art. In 2014 she was awarded a Master in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, where in 2013, she also completed an MA in Computational Arts. Solo shows of her work have been held at various public and private institutions, including: Ribot Gallery, Milan, 2018; ad-ad projects, Hannover, 2018; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, 2016; Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg, 2016 and Arebyte gallery, London, 2015. Her works have also been displayed at: Museum am Dom, Trier, 2018; New Media gallery, Vancouver, 2017; Transmediale Festival, Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017; the International Digital Arts Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal, 2016; London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015; Home Works 7, Ashkwal Alwan, Beirut, 2015. She has taken part in various artists’ residence projects such as: Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, 2018-19; Ampersand Foundation, New York, 2016; Arebyte Gallery, London, 2015. She has been awarded the following prizes: the Sasol New Signatures Award, South Africa, 2015; Absa l’atelier merit, South Africa, 2015; Bath Open Art Prize, 2015; Bad Behaviour Open Judges Prize, 2014; and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, 2012-14.

Du Preez is currently a lecturer in Visual Arts and New Media at the University of South Africa and is artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems Germany.


2013 – 2014 MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
(with distinction)
2012 – 2013 MA in Computational Art at Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
(with distinction) 
2011 – 2012 Advanced Diploma in Visual Art at the University of South Africa.
(with high distinction)
2008 – 2010 B.A. Audiovisual Multimedia at the University of South Africa. 
2004 – 2007 B.A. Theology at the North West University, South Africa.

Prices, Grants and Fellowships
2018 Fellow at Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems.  
2016  Ampersand Foundation Fellow, New York.
2016  Residency at Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg. 
2015  Residency at arebyte gallery, London.
2015  Winner of Sasol New Signatures.
2015 Arts Council England – Project Funding.  
2015  Merit Award for Barclays L’Atelier.
2015  Winner of Bath Open Art Prize.
2015  Seasons SA–UK and National Film and Video Fund – Project Funding.
2014 Judges Prize Award for Bad Behaviour Open.
2013  Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – Postgraduate Funding.
2012  Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – Postgraduate Funding.
2012  National Arts Council South Africa – Postgraduate Funding.

Solo Exhibitions
2018  Atmosphere for Anticipation, Ribot Gallery, Milan.
2018  Anticipatory Loops, ad/ad projects, Hannover.  
2016  A Continuation, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2016  Loops of Relation, Room Gallery at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2016  Orchestrated Freedom, as part of the collective, Room Gallery, Johannesburg.
2015  Autonomous Times, arebyte gallery, London.

Group Exhibitions
2018  LebensWert Arbeit - Laboratory Project, Museum am Dom, Trier, Germany.
2018  Ibrida Festival delle Arti Intermediali, La Fabbrica Delle Candele, Forlí, Italy.
2018  Hybrid Polarities, Matca Art Space, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2018  Now&After International Video Art Festival - Special Program, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow, Russia.
2018  Futility, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, US.      

2017  Shared Sight International Short-Film Festival, Cluj, Romania.
2017  21st Annual No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, US.
2017  Humorgous Smorgasbord, Flux Factory, Long Island, US.
2017  FNB Joburg Art Fair, ROOM Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg, ZA. 
2017  OFF THE WALL, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Wisconsin, US.
2017  Transmission Festival, KMMN Kunsthochschule as part of Documenta 14, Kassel, DE; and UND#9, Karlsruhe, DE;
Komuna//Warszawa, Warsaw, PL.
2017  Open Laboratory, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, ZA. 
2017  Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, CA.
2017  BRINK…a precarious balance, New Media Gallery, Vancouver, CA.
2017  Cyberfest/CYFEST10, Hermitage Youth Educational Center, St. Petersburg, RU.

2016  Retrospective screening of CYFEST 10 anniversary, IV International
Festival of Krasnoyarsk Screen and Media Arts, Krasnoyarsk, RU.
2016  Artklop, Aardklop Festival, Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom, ZA. 
2016  FNB Joburg Art Fair, Room Gallery and Projects, Johannesburg, ZA.
2016  WakaWaka, Agog Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA.
2016  Reason and Its Discontent, His Majety's Asylum, Makandula, ZA.
2016  The International Digital Arts Biennale (BIAN), Montreal, CA.
2016  ELEKTRA 17 | Automata, Montreal, CA.
2016  Fix, Found Collective, 012Central, Pretoria, ZA.
2016  As We Know It - Future Mythologies of the End, The Chopping Block
Gallery, London, UK.

2015  Cyberfest, CYLAND, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RU. 
2015  Home Works 7 – What Hope Looks Like After Hope, Askhal Alwan, Beirut, LE.
2015  Cyberfest, CYLAND, SOFA, Bogota, CO.
2015  SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, ZA.
2015  Between Democracies 19892014: Commemoration and Memory, Constitution
Hill, Johannesburg, ZA.
2015  Kiss me Gentleman, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, New York, US.
2015  London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.
2015  Barclays L’Atelier 2015, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, UK.
2015  Turbine Art Fair as part of outoftheCUBE, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, ZA.
2015  Response, UNISA Art Gallery, University of South Africa, Pretoria, ZA.
2015  Bath Open Art Prize, Fringe Bath Art Festival, Bath, UK.
2015  Fullscreen, Black Box 2.0, Seattle, US.
2015  Bad Behaviour Collaborations, The Flying Dutchman, London, UK.
2015  April Salon: The Male GazeWomen on Screen, The Feminist Library,
London, UK.
2015  L’Atelier – Regional Finalists, Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria, ZA.

2014  Bad Behaviour Open, Brixton East, London, UK.
2014  El cine es otra cosa, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aries, AR.
2014  Visits – Screening, Curate Projects, The Oval, Hackney, London, UK.
2014  Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of ICSM Symposium of 'Men and
Masculinities', Izmir, TR.
2014  Kiss me, gentlemen, as part of the Noise Summer School 2014 'Political
Aesthetics and Feminist Theory: Media, Art and Affect' at Utrecht
University, Utrecht, NL.
2014  Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK.
2014  Chelsea Salon, Cons Project, London, UK.
2014  Kiss me Gentleman - Sheffield Fringe, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK.

2013  Night of the Tin Tabernacle, The Tin Tabernacle, London, UK.
2013  Nowhere 2013, St. James Hatcham Church, Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
2013  Exposure 2013, NYC Gallery, New York, US.
2013  Goldsmiths Computing EXPO, Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
2013  Opening House, FLAT 34, London, UK.
2013  Rememory, African and Carribean Cultural Week, Goodenough College,
London, UK.

2012  Tin Shed Gallery Launch, Tin Shed Gallery – Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK.
2012  AardKlop – ABSA L’Atelier Top 100, G12 North West University,
Postchefstroom, ZA.
2012  Happily Never After, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, ZA.
2012  ABSA L’Atelier Top 100 Finalists, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ZA.
2012  Assemblage Launch Exhibition, Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios,
Johannesburg, ZA.
2012  ABSA L’Atelier Regional Finalists, Association of Arts Pretoria,
Pretoria, ZA.
2012  Unisa Advanced Diploma Exhibition, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, ZA.

2011  SASOL New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, ZA.
2011  Agter die bergeJoburg Fringe Video Berlin, Haus 19, Berlin, DE.


2017      Madison Film Forum, OFF THE WALL, NIGHT TWO at Arts + Literature, Kreul, J. 21 November. 
2016      Artpress, L’art fait par les machines, pour les machines, Moulon, D. 24
2015      Anti-Utopias, Autonomous Times: A Conversation with Nelmarie du Preez, Bors, S.  11 November.

2015      Digicult. Autonomous Times: Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, Hawkins, K. 30 October.
2015      The Creators Project - VICE, Taming the Pack of Feral, Flame-Throwing Robots, Holmes, K. 15 October.
2015      Aesthetica Magazine, Interview with Nelmarie du Preez, AT: Autonomous Times, Arebyte Gallery, London, 1 October. arebyte-gallery-london/ 
2015      Blouin Artinfo, Discover the Next Batch of Art Stars at The London Open 2015,
2015      GQ Magazine, 5 Emerging London Artists You Need To Know,
2015      Traction Magazine, In conversation with Susie Pentelow.
2014      Avenir Magazine, Issue 2, Two Artists Trapped in One Soul. Rajgopal, A.



2016-2017 Southern Summer School – Northern Winter Workshops, Self
initiated collective project, BAK, Utrecht, NL. With Dorine van Meel, Egbert Alejandro Martina, Rachael Harlow.

2015-current Forms part of the collective

2013-2014 Collaborative Curatorial Project, FLAT 34,