Mark Harris writes on concepts and visual languages of intoxication, in particular on LSD experiences in 1960s and 70s experimental film and poetry. He has also written on histories of artist-run spaces, and on numerous contemporary artists.
One focus of Mark's studio work concerns the representations and documentation of historic utopian communities. In his video work, he is also interested in experimental sound, noise and silence, and on the performance of popular music. A significant part of his practice has focused on reappraising the syntax of gestural abstract painting.
Mark's recent solo and collaborative exhibitions have been shown at the Economist Building in London and the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), Rothko Chapel, Country Club Gallery and Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), and the Trans Hudson Gallery (New York) in the United States.
He has been featured in group exhibitions at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Modern and the Wellcome Collection in London, SOMArts in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, among others.
untitled (after Robert Mapplethorpe catalogue)
Harris, Mark. 2015. untitled (after Robert Mapplethorpe catalogue). In: "After the Moment", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States, 6 November 2015–13 March 2016.
Critical Home Video (Peterborough)
Mabb, David; Buxey, K.R.; Harris, Mark; Ishige, Yasu; Lai, Adrienne; Lewis, Peter Lloyd; Macrae, Sheena; Maier, Johannes; Wyatt, Angus and Kollectiv, Pil and Galia. 2002. Critical Home Video (Peterborough).
Trump's songs–Bad Music Seminar
Harris, Mark. 2017. Trump's songs–Bad Music Seminar. In: "Colloquium for Unpopular Culture–Bad Music Seminar: Songs from the Heartland", New York University, United States, 5 March, 2017.
Bad Music Seminar—The Sounds of Plants
Harris, Mark. 2016. Bad Music Seminar—The Sounds of Plants. In: "Uptool–Expanded Art History for Plants", University of Illinois at Chicago—Greenhouse and Plant Research Lab, United States, 11 May, 2016.
Cage's Variations II for 5 Turntables
Harris, Mark. 2016. Cage's Variations II for 5 Turntables. In: "Mini-Micro Cinema 0.5 Begin Anywhere", The Carnegie, Covington, Kentucky, United States, 31 March 2016.
Bad Music Seminar 5—Becoming-Animal
Harris, Mark. 2014. Bad Music Seminar 5—Becoming-Animal. In: "Kitty Finer presents ‘Another Night at the Horse Hospital’", Horse Hospital, London, United Kingdom, 19 December, 2014.
Bad Music Seminar 3—Sex, Murder, Politics
Harris, Mark. 2014. Bad Music Seminar 3—Sex, Murder, Politics. In: "Kitty Finer presents ‘Another Night at the Horse Hospital’", Horse Hospital, London, United States, 22 April, 2014.
Conference or Workshop Item
Machine-Gun Sonics and Whispering Tides: How Sound and Language in the work of Kamau Brathwaite and Mighty Sparrow provide an Acoustic Inoculation against Insecurities
Harris, Mark. 2018. 'Machine-Gun Sonics and Whispering Tides: How Sound and Language in the work of Kamau Brathwaite and Mighty Sparrow provide an Acoustic Inoculation against Insecurities'. In: Caribbean In/Securities. University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, United States 2017-18.
Calypso Soundscapes: intimate acoustics and defiant language in Kamau Brathwaite and Mighty Sparrow
Harris, Mark. 2017. 'Calypso Soundscapes: intimate acoustics and defiant language in Kamau Brathwaite and Mighty Sparrow'. In: Caribbean Insecurities, The British Library. The British Library, United Kingdom 25-26 June, 2017.
Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation
Harris, Mark. 2011. Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation. In: Adam Lerner and Elissa Auther, eds. West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 324-343. ISBN 978-0-8166-7726-9
Pipilotti Rist's Music
Harris, Mark. 1999. Pipilotti Rist's Music. In: , ed. Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist. Houston, Texas: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, pp. 14-23. ISBN 978-1-933619-17-0
Citoyens—Drawing in a Time of Fear and Lies (Hyperallergic project)
Harris, Mark. 2017. Citoyens—Drawing in a Time of Fear and Lies (Hyperallergic project).