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.
16mm film, colour and black and white, optical sound, 40:00 min
Not on display
© Mike Parr and Peter Kennedy. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 3 publications
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.