Photo by Maarten Nauw

Dylan Spencer-Davidson’s practice spans performance, workshops, video, music and writing and orbits around questions of how to be together. Challenging normative, violent forms of relation, his works hold space for collective emotional processing. They propose alternative forms of neuroqueer communication and collaboration that are rooted in listening, consent, embodiment, difference, and vulnerability.

Recently he has been working on an ongoing research project on intimacy and the conditions of performance-making with Joy Mariama Smith. He is currently co-editing Vol. 2 of Honey, a zine on friendship with Mars Dietz and Opashona Ghosh—coming out later this year.

He has collaborated and performed with Joan Jonas, Allora & Calzadilla, Jeremy Shaw, Justin Kennedy & Emma Howes, Nile Koetting, Jeremy Nedd, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger and more. He is a co-founder of Berlin-based translation collective linguistic.services and makes websites for clients in the cultural and non-profit sector.

About this website

Design & development:
Dylan Spencer-Davidson with Michael Derringer.

Selected recent projects


School of Commons, collaborative project with Iggy Robinson
Affective Dynamics Study Group, KinoKiosk, Berlin (Video installation)
Honey, Vol. 2 (Guest editor with Mars Dietz) – forthcoming


The Wake, Belle Santos, Transmediale Studio, Berlin (Performer)
Field of Study, Mirror Institution (Workshop)
Performance with Joy Mariama Smith, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (Performance)


Collective Display of Affection, Camden Arts Centre (Workshop)
How to study together, Peripheral Alliances, Bavaria (Workshop)


Guest tutor at Rupert Alternative Education Programme
Doubles, Jacob Peter Kovner (Performer)


Affective Dynamics Study Group, Volksbuehne Berlin
Selected for Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre, London (Residency)
Phase Shifting Index, Jeremy Shaw, Centre Pompidou, Paris (Performer in Cathartic Technologies video)
Love under the sign of Teletrex, Edward Herring, BBC/NTS, London (Performer)
He’s Dead, marikiscrycrycry, The Yard Theatre, London (Sound research)


The way I feel under your command, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich (Solo performance)
Age of majority, TROPEZ, Berlin (Performance)
EVER, Nika Neelova The Tetley, Leeds (Sound installation)
Temporary relief: Listening session with Lauryn Youden, Raumstation.cc, Zürich (Performance, Residency)
The way I feel under your command, Royal Academy Schools, London (Solo performance)
Soft shell hard core #5, Royal College of Art, London (Solo performance)
Balance of Power by Allora & Calzadilla, Tate Modern, London (Performer)
And yet we are becoming, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (Dramaturgy)
Die Kammer, Verena Buttmann, Kunst Im Tunnel, Düsseldorf (Performer)


I don’t feel safe to tell you, Haus N, Athens (Duet performance)
Soft shell hard core #1-#4, Ashley, Berlin, Low Text, Berlin, OUTPOST, Norwich and FS, Liverpool (Solo performance)
SOFT SHELL HARD CORE, Edit magazine, No.76, 2018 (Press)
Alive… & then some, Justin Kennedy & Emma Howes, Ateneu, Porto (Performer)
Joan Jonas retrospective, Tate Modern, London (Performer)
The soul is quickened in her grave, Lauryn Youden, Very, Berlin (Sound design)
AMAZE performance, Alt_Cph 2018 (Sound design)


Lindsay Lohan, The Myth of the Premium Dance Experience, HotWheels Projects, Athens (Group exhibition)
Infinite Diegesis, Gossamer Fog, London (Group exhibition),
Lately, Evening Class, London (Performance)
Weportal at Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Performance)
Lovesickfuck, Guest Projects, London (Performance)
Survival strategies for a hostile environment, Studio Voltaire, London (Performance)