Owen G. Parry (he/him)
I am a London based artist, performer, and writer. My practice explores the connectedness of visual art, performance, and queer cultures with pop fandom, mythmaking, and the vernacular web. I am Lecturer in Critical Studies Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
I have an arts and curatorial practice with international exhibitions and performances, and a critical writing practice with publications in peer reviewed books, journals, zines and online. My work has been commissioned for public programmes internationally in UK, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Canada, South Korea and USA.
My practice takes multiple forms as performance, installation, moving image, sound, sculpture, drawing and text; and moves across iterations, versions, and B-sides. Synthesising pop-culture and the queer-occult, the real-personal and the real-imaginary, I construct and re-construct narratives, situations and experiences often collaboratively with others. Although the veracity of stories or creation of any veritable plot is not the point. Rather, my work operates much like a music album, fanfiction or conspiracy theory – it is an emergent practice in search of a language, image, and form.
My research focuses on the creative, critical and world-making possibilities of visual art, performance and queer cultures and their relationship to neoliberal capitalism, digital networks and the more-than-human world. This includes work exploring trashy, queer and decadent performance; fandom and global pop cultures; memes, magic, conspiracy theories, Artificial intelligence and Yoko Ono.
I completed a PhD on Trashy Tendencies in Contemporary Art and Performance at Goldsmiths in 2014. I initiated the Fan Riot project in 2015 exploring fandom as a subversive network that drove the internet, including a Post-doctoral Fellowship at The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh 2018-19. I have also held Research posts on 2 Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) projects including Staging Decadence at Goldsmiths 2020–2022 and Performance Matters at Goldsmiths and Live Art Development Agency 2009-12.
I have taught on programmes including BA Fine Art Critical Studies at Goldsmiths and MA Body in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and others.