Australian Video Art Archive

Adam Geczy



Adam Geczy is both an artist and critic-historian. His art practice has been dominated by multimedia installation and video, but he also exhibits regularly in areas of drawing and photomedia. Salient issues have been how to represent political dissent in a non-literal way, and traditional issues of love, death, loss and the fundamental nature of human tactile experience. Recent works have also used beauty as a positive response to disaffection with social alienation. He also has an active ongoing collaborative practice with the performance artist Mike Parr, Australia's National Treasure, the composer Peter Sculthorpe and the Berlin-based electronic sound composer and installation artist, Thomas Gerwin.

Significant exhibitions over the years have included the work on trauma and memory, From a Remote, Lonely Place (Port Arthur Elegy) (with Peter Sculthorpe), 2004, Adelaide Biennial, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay (with Mike Parr), Art Gallery of NSW and Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2004. Other exhibitions include 'Intermix' (with Thomas Gerwin), Areal28, Berlin, 2006; 'I HATE AUSTRALIA', Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2005; the major group exhibition, ‘Video Logic’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Recent performances include Party Lines at the 4th Dadao Live Art Festival in Beijing, 2006, and Toasting the World Food Crisis with a Bottle of Dom Perignon, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium, 2008. He is also the regular participant in international screenings and festivals, such as 'Klak!', the festival for sound art in Kassel. Geczy has also been awarded numerous prizes, grants, fellowships and residencies, the latter including in Berlin, Paris, Lyon, Finland, Portugal, Latvia and Norway.

Geczy completed his doctorate at the University of Sydney in 1996 on the work of the French novelist Marcel Proust. Since then he has authored some 250 reviews, features and catalogue essays, and produced four books, the most recent being Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions. Oxford and New York: Berg, 2008.