Chris Byrne engages with visual culture as an artist, curator, educator and writer.
He lectures in Context & Theory. He currently leads the research dissertation component of undergraduate Design courses across DJCAD, and teaches communication theory for Communication Design students. Prior to joining Communication Design he taught on the Master of Fine Art course and in media theory at undergraduate level.
Originally trained as a sculptor, Chris has a long standing interest in moving image media, in particular video art and experimental film. In addition to his own artistic experiments, he practiced as a curator and researcher over three decades. As well as the moving image, he explored networked and collaborative art practices, internet art, sound, and performance. More recently he has rediscovered an enthusiasm for artworks experimenting with more traditional media.
Chris curated and organised numerous projects, exhibitions, performances, and residencies with artists across Scotland and internationally. He has written on art and media related topics, publishing in a number of UK and international imprints.
Chris continues to make drawings and video work when he finds time.
Chris’s efforts at the present time are directed towards resuscitating his practice as an artist. This somewhat elusive and fitful public persona was last seen by a few observers between late 2014 and early 2016, before disappearing from view again amidst a miasma of ennui and inertia. It is probably too early to tell whether the results of renewed activity will be noteworthy, or indeed of any merit whatsoever. That will be for others to judge.
Other things that happened not that long ago, and could conceivably be regarded as research, follow below.
2017: Peer reviewer for the journal Visual Culture in Britain, ed. Deborah Jackson, ISSN: 1471-4787 Online ISSN: 1941-8361
2015: Contributor to the publication Queens Park Music Club Vol.2, published by Queens Park Railway Club gallery, Glasgow, 2017.
2012-2013: Paper presentation (in two slightly different versions), "Rupture: Artists Statements on Bulgaria's Communist Past", at Association of Art Historians Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, March 2012; and .also at “Agents Provocateurs: Doing culture under state-socialism: Events, actors and interconnections”, international workshop, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, June 2013.
2010: Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: How Digital Networks chAng writiN', essay, published in Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Vol. 2 No. 3, January 2010, London. Guest Editor Neil Mulholland. ISSN: 1753-5190
2009: Situations observed', essay on artists' video performance, in 'Elke Reinhuber: The Urban Beautician', 2009, artist monograph, published by Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-88895-069-8
2009: Thomson & Craighead at ARCO Madrid. A solo exhibition by artists Thomson & Craighead at international contemporary art event ARCO, Madrid, Spain. The exhibition included a new media installation, collages, digital print. Supported by Yamaha.
2008: Thoughts Within Thoughts, an exhibition by Alec Finlay and Pravdoliub Ivanov at ARC Projects gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria. The exhibition featured sculpture, drawing, photography, prints and artists' multiples. Supported by the British Council.
2007-8: Edinburgh Art Festival. Organised two artist residencies in Edinburgh, for Lala Rascic (Sarajevo), and Mare Tralla (Tallinn). Lala created a new work, plus a blog which continues to date; Mare created plein air paintings for the exhibition Mutatis Mutandis, at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh. Supported by the Scottish Arts Council.