Gary Farrelly’s work is characterised by a recurring obsession with infrastructure, bureaucracy and the architecture of power. Manifestations of the practice include drawings, documents, performances, installations and a radio show. A monocratic voice is ever present, animating the material with idiosyncratic information, forecasts and  pronouncements. Since 2015, a significant part of the work takes place in collaboration with German artist Chris Dreier, under the banner of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence – a coauthored, multi-nodal practice in the form of an intelligence agency. A strategy of self-institutionalisation is central to O.J.A.I., whereby ceremonies, terminologies and other sites of corporate and political authority are appropriated and reconfigured as tools for self-actualisation and resistance. Farrelly regularly joins forces with London based artist Oisin Byrne, most recently writing and performing monologues for his first feature length film GLUE (2017).

Farrelly received his BA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and his MFA from LUCA School of the Arts in Belgium. His works have been exhibited, screened and performed in a number of international contexts including: Salzburger Kunstverein, University of Texas, Dallas, Marres- Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht and Goldsmiths Centre for contemporary Art, Damien and The Love Guru and AAIR Antwerpen.

B.1983, Dublin

Lives and works in Dublin & Brussels

2018 | Visiting Lecturer, La Cambre-Ecole Nationale Supérieure Arts Visuels, Brussels
2017 | MA Hon Vrije Kunsten, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2006 | BA Hon Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), GCCA Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London
2019 | Know Your Place, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland
2017 | Fruit Solutions, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2016 | Low Hanging Fruit, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2015 | Policy Documents, Museum Quality NYC, New York
2015 | Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2012 | Terminal Compositions, RO2 Art, Dallas,
2008 | Kunstbureaucracy, Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris

2019 | Fallen empires and refound desires, Horst Festival, Vilvoorde
2019 | Festival van de Controle, CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt
2019 | HERE/THERE, Wexford Arts Center, Ireland
2019 | Do Not Interrupt Your Activity, École de recherche graphique, Brussels
2019 | Two of Hearts, SB34 The Pool, Brussels
2018 | 20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
2018 | [bau036]–a groupshow from Antwerp by baumusik, Gold + Beton, Cologne
2018 | Letters of Last Resort, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels
2018 | State of Statelessness, ISELP, Brussels
2017 | Jonge Kunstenaars 2017, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare
2017 | I spy, I spy a little lie, Marres-Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2017 | A Hard Place, 500X Gallery, Dallas
2016 | Neue Heimat, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin
2016 | Sturm der Liebe, Establishment d’en face, Brussels
2016 | Ultramodern, Galerie Lisi Hammerle, Bregenz
2016 | ONE on ONE, Clovis XV, Brussels
2016 | Nur Nicht Nach Hause, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin
2015 | Recherches 15, TAMAT Musée de la Tapisserie, Tournai
2014 | EXCEPTIONALITIES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka
2013 | Going Postal, RE Gallery, Dallas
2012 | Control Tower, Parking Projects, Tehran
2010 | The Non-Profit Margin, Central Trak Gallery, Dallas
2010 | International Roaming Biennial, Parking Projects, Tehran
2009 | Plans, Sections and Elevations, Royal Institute of Architects, Dublin
2007 | [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Corknbsp;

2020 | GLUE, presented by the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Irish Film Institute
2020 | Lockdown Specials, radio broadcasts on Cashmere Radio, Berlin
2019 | European Conference of Institutional Ideators ECII. Co-director and organiser
(with Chris Dreier) of a conference bringing together self-institutionalised
artistic practices from across Europe for two days of performances and lectures.
Supported by Wuppertal Kulturbüro
2019 | Self-Institutionalization Handbook. Editor, publication compilling lexicons
submitted by a curated selection of self-isntitutionalised artistic practices.
Designed by Zero-Desk,
Antwerp. Published by Fantôme Verlag, Berlin
2019 | Debates on Division a performance by Gluklya and Anna Bitkina with contributions
by Polina Akhmetzyanova, Teresa Cos, Gary Farrelly & Philippine Hoegen part of
Performatik19 at BOZAR
2019 | Radiophrenia Festival, Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow
2019 | Performance at of Do Not Interrupt Your Activity a symposium on durational
performance at LA GÉNÉRALE Coopérative artistique, politique et sociale, Paris
2018 | White Paper on the Abolition of Tunnels (O.J.A.I.), performative lecture, AAIR,
2018 | FLAR Airwaves radio broadcast commissioned by Feminist Land Art
Retreat FLAR and Contemporary Art gallery, Vancouver.
2018 | I am Dynamite. Performative lecture in the context of a symposium curated by
Roisin Agnew as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival at The Complex Arts Centre,
2018 | LUCA Open Academy. Inherited Resistance & Young Resilience curated by Els
Opsomer, performative lecture, Centrale for contemporary art, Brussels
2017 | Academic Jury, La Cambre-Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels, Brussels
2017 | GLUE, 52 min film directed by Oisin Byrne with monologues by Gary Farrelly
2017 | European Correspondents , Ongoing monthly experimental radio show on KUZU
92.9fm-a community radio station in Dallas, Texas
2015 | Founded the Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence with Chris Dreier

2018 | Three-month residency with stipend, AAIR, Antwerp
2015 | One-year residency with stipend, TAMAT Musée de la Tapisserie, Tournai
2010 | Six-month residency with bursary, Central Trak, University of Texas, Dallas
2007 | One-month residency with production budget, Gropiusstadt Pilot Projekt, Berlin

2020 | Draff Magazine (IRE) in conversation with Laura Fitzgerald
2019 | Paper Visual Art (IRE) 11/11/2019 (IRE). Essay by Gwen Burlington
2019 | Hyperallergic (USA) 1/2/2019, review by Rosa Abbott
2017 | Metropolis M (BE/NL), ‘eindexamens’ 2017 profile by Tamara Beheydt
2017 | Perspektive Magazine (AT), issue 88+89, 2017, review by D Holland Morritz
2016 | Tagesspiegel (DE) 10/03/2016 review by Matthias Reichelt
2016 | TAZ (DE) 23/02/2016 review by Noemi Molitor

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