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 Byrne’s 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, UTD CentralTrak (Dallas), Marres- Centre for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht), Goldsmiths Centre for contemporary Art (London), Damien and The Love Guru (Brussels) and AAIR (Antwerp).  Together with Chris Dreier he produces a regular radio show for Cashmere Radio (Berlin) and Dublin Digital Radio.


B.1983, Dublin
Lives and works in Brussels & Dublin

2017 | MA Hon Vrije Kunsten, LUCA School of the Arts, Brussels
2006 | BA Hon Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2020 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Irish Film Institute, Dublin
2019 | Know Your Place (O.J.A.I.), Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), GCCA Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London
2019 | GLUE (with Oisin Byrne), Lismore Castle Arts, Cork
2019 | High Rise Boyfriends/ Sullen Structures (O.J.A.I.), Galerie Bernau. Bernau bei Berlin
2018 | White paper on the abolition of Tunnels (O.J.A.I.), AAIR, Antwerp
2017 | Fruit Solutions (O.J.A.I.), Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin
2017 | Fruit Efficiency (O.J.A.I.), RO2 Art, Dallas
2016 | Low Hanging Fruit (O.J.A.I.), Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2015 | Policy Documents (solo exhibition), Museum Quality NYC, New York
2015 | Oisin Byrne and Gary Farrelly, Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal
2008 | Kunstbureaucracy (solo exhibition), Galerie W Eric Landau, Paris

2020 | Les choses d’ici bas, Galerie Duflon Racz, Brussels
2019 | Two of Hearts, SB34 The Pool, Brussels
2019 | Fallen empires and refound desires (O.J.A.I.), Horst Festival, Vilvoorde
2019 | Festival van de Controle (O.J.A.I.), CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt
2019 | HERE/THERE (O.J.A.I.), Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland
2018 | 20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
2018 | Letters of Last Resort (O.J.A.I.), Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels
2018 | State of Statelessness (O.J.A.I.), ISELP, Brussels
2018 | FLAR AIRWAVES (O.J.A.I.), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
2018 | [bau036]–a group show by baumusik (O.J.A.I.), Gold + Beton, Cologne
2017 | Jonge Kunstenaars 2017, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare
2017 | I spy, I spy a little lie (O.J.A.I), 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
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, CentralTrak 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 art form, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

2020 | Resident radio presenter, No Tourists (O.J.A.I.), DDR Dublin Digital Radio
2020 | Resident radio presenter (O.J.A.I.), Cashmere Radio, Berlin
2020 | Academic Jury, La Cambre-Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels, Brussels
2019 | Co-director, European Conference of Institutional Ideators ECII (O.J.A.I.), Wuppertal
2019 | Co-organiser, Apero trans-pédé-gouine (inter-generational queer parties), Brussels
2019 | Performer, Gluklya and Anna Bitkina’s Debates on Division, Performatik19 at BOZAR
2019 | Academic Jury, La Cambre-Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels, Brussels
2019 | Academic Jury, Académie royale des beaux-arts, Liège
2018 | Visiting Lecturer, La Cambre-Ecole Nationale Supérieure Arts Visuels, Brussels
2018 | Organiser, Sold Out! (housing rights colloquium), Brussels
2018 | Lecture Peformance, I AM Dynamite (seminar), Dublin Fringe Festival
2018 | Lecture, LUCA Open Academy, CENTRALE for contemporary art, Brussels
2017 | GLUE, feature film directed by Oisin Byrne starring Gary Farrelly, 52 min
2017 | DJ, Soirées Chaudière (queer parties), Bokal Royale, Brussels
2017 | Radio presenter (ongoing) (O.J.A.I.), KUZU 92.9fm, Dallas, Texas
2015 | Funded Research, Musée de la Tapisserie et des Arts Textiles, Tournai
2015 | Co-founder of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Berlin/Brussels
2013 | Album Cover Artwork, Where I Come From – Christy Moore, Columbia Records
2010 | Lecture, The Non-Profit Margin (seminar), Southern Methodist University, Dallas
2013 | Album Cover Artwork, Burning Times – Christy Moore, Sony Music

2020 | Author: Intimacy Audit 1 – Correpondence (O.J.A.I.), published by Fantôme Verlag, Berlin
2019 | Editor: Self-Institutionalisation Handbook (O.J.A.I.), published by Fantôme Verlag, Berlin
2019 | Co-author: LISTEN (O.J.A.I.), limited edition spoken word vinyl LP, Dexia Defunct
2016 – 2020 | Annual Report (O.J.A.I.), yearly limited edition risograph publications, Outer Space, Berlin

2018 | Highlights: The Collection of Foreign Art of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska
2018 | Letters of Last Resort (O.J.A.I.), published by Zero-Desk, Antwerp
2017 | Exhibition Catalog: Marres Currents 5, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
2015 | Infra-Eireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland 1916-2016, Ashgate
2015 | Exhibition Catalog Recherches 15, TAMAT, Centre de la Tapisserie Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
2007 | Exhibition Catalog: Don’t Cry – Work! Objects and Occurrences Curated by Pádraic E. Moore, Dublin
2007 | Exhibition Catalog: [C]artography: map-making as artform, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
2007 | Unreal City II-the Gropiusstadt edition. A limited edition folio, Dublin /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
2016 | Tagesspiegel (DE) 10/03/2016 review by Matthias Reichelt (O.J.A.I.)
2016 | TAZ (DE) 23/02/2016 review by Noemi Molitor (O.J.A.I.)

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

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