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Title

Idea demonstrations

1972


Artists

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -

Peter Kennedy

Australia

1945 -


About

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.


Details


Date

1972


Media categories

Time-based media , Film


Materials used

16mm film, colour and black and white, optical sound, 40:00 min


Dimensions


Credit

Purchased 1974


Location

Not on display


Accession number

13.1974


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

89

Artist information

Peter Kennedy

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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. cat.no. 29

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