David Steans is an artist and lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Leeds Arts University. He is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds.
His multi-media practice encompasses written fiction, moving image, performance, installation and sound. He employs the blurring of fact and fiction as a creative and critical method, and takes a cue from broadly postmodern approaches to narrative and storytelling in contemporary art, literature and moving image media. References and influences include: 'realist horror'; heritage tourism; digital, prosthetic and make-up 'special effects'; sub-generic cultural forms (such as the 'making of' documentary, the 'custom' video and the 'gamebook') and hybrid media categories such as the ‘artist’s novel’ and fan fiction.
Recent exhibitions and events include: Medieval City-One at 2 Queens, Leicester (2017); Crime World at The Tetley, Leeds (2017); Mould Map 6 – TERRAFORMERS at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University (2016); The Kippenberger Challenge at De Appel Institut Library, Amsterdam (2016); Display Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2015) and A BRITISH ART SHOW at Meyohas, New York (2015). His work has been screened and broadcast as part of Radiophrenia Festival (2016), Spectrum Survey of Artist's Film and Video (2016), ArtRotterdam Intersections (2016), and The Programme, University of Central Lancashire (2015). His writing was recently included in Cadavere Quotidiano (2014), an anthology of writing by contemporary artists published by Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism, and RIPE (2017), a collection of essays published by Corridor8. He has been involved in several music projects, and has had work released by the record label Art into Life. He participated in the founding year of the alternative art school project The School of the Damned (2013 – present), and is co-founder of ongoing collaborative projects Leeds Weirdo Club (2012 – present) and Medieval helpdesk (2015 – present).