Daniel Rautenbach is an independent curator, self-taught graphic designer, and artist. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, grew up in Cape Town where he received his BA Hons (Curatorship), and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, where he is pursuing his Masters in the Interactive Telecommunications Programme, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

His work and research concern cultural power dynamics, artist-curator collaboration, branding, technology, and the internet. With a broad background beyond art he seeks to articulate ways in which culture operates across all facets of society. He has participated in residencies and workshops both nationally and internationally, presented lectures at the University of Cape Town and has worked for multiple institutions throughout the art world. Through these experiences he is slowly deciphering the matrix of our cultural economy.

He also likes dogs and questioning what it means to be Afrikaans. Daniel is known on the internet as darnyill because it is how you pronounce his name.

This website is a portfolio of things he does and can do.


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