Daniel Keller (b. 1986), was born in Detroit and lives and works in Berlin. In 2012 he became Director of Absolute Vitality Inc, a Wyoming based corporation-sculpture co-owned by the artist and a group of private collectors. He co-organized TEDxVaduz with Simon Denny, which was held at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in December 2013.
The subject of Daniel Keller’s work resonates from an amalgamation of travel, polarised global societies and technological change. His works engage with issues at the intersection of economics, technology, culture and collaboration. Keller merges and melds these concerns to comment on contemporary culture and ecological/environmental affairs. Moreover, Keller’s works frequently refer to architectural elements and materials; with his ongoing investigation into the urban manmade environment he creates a visual commentary on our constructed surroundings.
A large part of Keller’s practice negotiates between the local and global dimensions of ecology and economies. He plays with the role of the "prosumer", a term coined by Alvin Toffler in the early 1970s, in which the progression of new technologies predicted an increasing crossover between the roles of the producer and the consumer. The artist’s current focus of research is on speculative notions of progress, technological disruption and reaction from the perspective of a post-studio "prosumer" artist operating within the global networked economy.
Keller imitates forms and materials taken from nature to bring out the tension between urban planning and an organic spatial landscape. He uses materials such as concrete, resin, rocks and wood to magnify his message. At the same time, Keller makes mixed media and often web-related works creating immersive physical/digital spaces. As a result, the artist's oeuvre asks the audience to rationally question the synthesis of organic materials into the technological. His works offer critical awareness and urge the public, in a subtle way, to form opinions about various environmental and technological issues.
Keller, alongside the artist Nik Kosmas form a collective called AIDS-3D which explores techno-utopianism along with other popular notions of progress. Recent projects have included the series Ideal Work (Creative Solutions) (2010–2011), multi-coloured solar panels styled after Mondrian canvases and OMG Obelisk (2007).