Diana Duta grew up in Romania and studied Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and Sociocultural Linguistics at Goldsmiths University, London. She works with visual, aural and nearly verbal language through performance, sound composition or writing. Duta's work relies gently on translation and the re-interpretation of existing materials as techniques for generating new meaning.Her most recent project Jambes is a recording studio commissioning new work by artists interested in experimenting with sound and voice.

Recent performances include IOU (Q-O2, Brussels), Wave Debris (The Watch, Berlin, 2019), Sustain piece - after John Stevens (l'Archiduc, Brussels, 2019), Riddles & vowels (Artist Commons, Brussels, 2019 and Arnis, Germany, 2018), Having purple eyes, (Rollaversion Gallery, London; Peryton, Copenhagen; Buktapaktop and Feeelings, Brussels, 2018), and Standing in the doorway – The Interpreting Log (Min, Rotterdam, 2015).

My work has been broadcast during Borealis radio festival, Bergen, Norway (2020), Ear you are festival, Brussles (2019), Radiophrenia festival, Glasgow (2019), on Noods Radio, Bristol (2018) and by We Were Real Pirates, a pirate radio established at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London (2016).

Recent translations include '175 Minutes in Mizil', a first time translation into English of the experimental reportage by Romanian Surrealist Geo Bogza, published by Hotel Magazine.

Education & residencies

2020 residency at QO2, workspace for experimental sound and music, Brussels

2019 bi- residencies, Milo-Térénez international art biennial, Térénez, FR

2019 Grizedale Arts residency, Cumbria, UK

2018 Arnis residency curated by ramosluebbert, Arnis, Germany

2018 Residency at Rollaversion, London

2014 /pos, residency at pietmondriaan.com/pos/studioduta

2013 MA Sociocultural Linguistics, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

2011 New Sonic Practice masterclass by Michael J. Schumacher, iMAL, Brussels, BE

2010 MA Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL

2009 Residency at Kulturdrogerie, Vienna, AT

2008 BA Photography and Video, National University of Arts, Bucharest, RO

2008 Archive in Residence,VBKOE, Vienna, AT

2008 Archive in Residence, UNAgaleria, Bucharest, RO

Shows, publications, performances

IOU (4 channel sound installation), Q-O2, Brussels

Riddles & vowels (live performance), Artist Commons, Brussels

Wave Debris (music performance at a distance with Julia E Dyck), rocks radio radar long wave radiation, curated by Cristina Ramos, The Watch, Berlin

Lege Naturala, sound contribution for Serena Lee's exhibition Second Tongues, Cubitt Gallery, London

Sustain piece - after John Stevens, Smoking Concert, l'Archiduc smoking room, Brussels

Having purple eyes (live performance), feeelings, Brussels

The current is coming towards us, (live performance), Arnis, Germany

Having purple eyes, split show with Drunkard on Noods Radio, Bristol

Having purple eyes (live performance / solo show), Rollaversion Gallery, London

Having purple eyes (live performance), Peryton, Copenhagen

Having purple eyes (live performance), Buktapaktop, Brussels

Jonah (forthcoming) a new English translation of the theatre play “Iona” (Marin Sorescu, 1969), featuring a visual translation by Ross Taylor and a contribution by Kate Briggs, published by MPP, London

“175 Minutes in Mizil”, a first time translation into English of the experimental reportage by Romanian Surrealist author Geo Bogza (http://partisanhotel.co.uk/Minutes-in-Mizil)

Diana Duta & Hotel Magazine (reading), Wiels Art Book Fair, Brussels

Diana Duta & Thomas Chadwick, “Petroleum Poem” and “Birch” (reading), Le Sceptre, Brussels

The Silver Tower (screening), Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris and Berlin

Standing in the Doorway (The Interpreting Log) (solo show), Min, Rotterdam (NL)

Dark days dark nights, Houseproject 27, London (UK)

An evening with Flat i, Flat i, London (UK)

Jonah (solo show / premiere of audio play), The Romanian Cultural Centre in London (UK)

House with doors and windows (publication), Extrapool, Nijmegen (NL)

To Have and To Hold issue 4, (performance and publication), X Marks the Bokship, London (UK)

The Beginning of Something, Mieke van Schaijk, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Supermarket Independent Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm (SE) (with pietmondriaan.com)

An Experiment to test the Destiny of the World, Sober & Lonely ICA, Johannesburg (ZA) (with pietmondriaan.com)

HOMEWORK, The Ister, Brussels (BE)

Cinema for the ears, Super Sonic Festival, Birmingham (UK)

Wild Book Market, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam (NL)

If You Say Something, See Something, TENT, Rotterdam (NL) (curated by Mai Abu ElDahab with Guy Ben-Ner)

If You Say Something, See Something, (publication), published by Piet Zwart Institute ic.w. TENT, Rotterdam (NL)

Bosch Young Talent Show, St. Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) (curated by Liesbeth Bik)

Bruegel’s Village, BLAAK10 Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)

(Mis)reading Masquerades, (publication), published by Revolver (ed. Frederique Bergholtz, Iberia Perez)

ZONDERPIT (performance), Roodkapje, Rotterdam (NL)

Exchange (performance), Rotterdam (NL)

minus20plus, Kulturdrogerie, Vienna (AT)

I KNOW A FRIEND THAT KNOWS A FRIEND THAT..., Poortgebouw, Rotterdam (NL)

It Hits My Hair, Wolfart, Rotterdam (NL)

It’s not me it’s you, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest (RO)

Book in a minute (screening), Kunstvlaai/ A.P.I., Amsterdam (NL)

Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, XIIIth Edition, Puglia (IT)


Co-founder of Flat i, an apartment in South East London which hosts events, exhibitions and live music

Project grant, Romanian Cultural Centre, London

Metropolitan Police Interpreter Test, South Thames College, London

Public service interpreting course, Hammersmith & Fulham, London

Collection Conservation, Internship at LUX distribution, London

Contributor to contemporary art blog and curatorial platform pietmondriaan.com

Co-curator Sorry for not standing still, screening programme at Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam

Co-curator I want to believe, performance evening at Incubate festival, Tilburg (NL)