Dr Owen Parry

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Position Researcher (Staging Decadence)
Email owen.parry (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Owen Parry

I am an artist and researcher working in contemporary theatre, live art, visual art and digital processes. I am currently Researcher on Staging Decadence: Decadent Theatre in the Long Twentieth Century, an AHRC project in the department of Theatre & Performance at Goldsmiths, and I am an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths, University of London) 2014
  • MA Theatre and Performance (Queen Mary, University of London) 2009
  • BA hons Hispanic Studies & Drama 2005

Research interests

I am currently researching the conjunction of art practice, conspiracy theories and decadent aesthetics through a queer, feminist and post-colonial lens.

I completed my PhD (AHRC funded) on Trashy Tendencies in Contemporary Art and Performance at Goldsmiths in 2014, exploring waste and excess as logics of cultural production. I have since developed the Fan Riot project exploring fandom as a subversive network that drove the internet, including a post-doctoral fellowship at IASH, University of Edinburgh 2018-19.

I have an expansive arts practice synthesising avant-garde and pop culture with the creation of fictional artefacts and fake occultist techniques. I create playful situations and experiences (often with others) for the production of new, imaginary languages, communities, worlds and images. I have received awards and commissions for public programmes internationally including Queer Extension, London (2021); National Theatre Wales, Cardiff; The Junction, Cambridge (2020) Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Pleasuredome, Toronto, Canada (2019); Transition Gallery, London 2018; Fierce Festival, Birmingham UK, Tansin Talo, Helsinki Finland (2017); Queer Gestures at Barbican, Steakhouse Live, Jerwood Visual Arts (2016); The Show Room, Artsadmin, Latitude Festival (2015); Wellcome Collection, South London Gallery (2014); ANTI Festival, Finland, National Portrait Gallery, Reactor Halls (2013); Hayward Gallery; Duckie; Trouble Festival, Belgium (2012) and more.

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