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Mike Parr

(Australia 1945 – )

Peter Kennedy

(Australia 1945 – )

Idea demonstrations
Media categories
Time-based media, Film
Materials used
16mm film, colour and black and white, optical sound, 40 min
Purchased 1974
Accession number
© Mike Parr and Peter Kennedy. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

Mike Parr and Peter Kennedy were among the founding members of 'Inhibodress', a pioneering artist-run initiative that operated in Sydney in the early 1970s. 'Inhibodress' was an important centre for the radical, conceptual practices that were emerging at that time and which focussed on the expression of ideas rather than the production of aesthetic objects. Artists were beginning to experiment with a broad range of mediums and approaches, from installation and performance to photography, film, video, sound and text.

Parr and Kennedy’s collaborative performances from this period were investigations into the meaning of certain actions in social and psychological terms. Documented on film under the collective title 'Idea demonstrations', often these early works explicitly addressed the role of the camera in mediating between the performer and audience.

Bibliography (3)

Anne Marsh, Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, 'Desire and Discontent, performance art in the 1970s', p20-30, Unknown, 1991, 20, 22 (illus.). cat. no. 118

Daniel Thomas (Curator) and Frances McCarthy (Assistant Curator), Recent Australian Art, Sydney, 1973, 54 (illus.), 54-55. 29

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 84.

Exhibition history (4)

Recent Australian Art (1973), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Oct 1973–18 Nov 1973

Performance, Document, Film, Video, National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne, 28 Aug 1975–28 Sep 1975

Inhibodress 1970-1972, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, 12 Sep 1989–post 12 Sep 1989

Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies' selection, Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 28 Jun 1991–10 Aug 1991