Ryszard Dabek is an artist and academic who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His artistic practice encompasses a number of forms and mediums, including photography, video, sound, and interactive media. These imaging and dissemination technologies are used to posit a fluid, expanded field of inquiry where the photographic image is often used as a departure point. Much of Dabek’s recent work coalesces around ideas engaged with the recent past and in particular the idea of a present haunted by the spectral vestiges of Modernity. In the second half of 2007 Dabek conducted a program of faculty-supported research in France and Poland that set out to explore the architecture of Le Corbusier and the Socialist Realist architecture of the postwar Soviet Bloc in relation to these ideas.

Dabek’s artistic practice encompasses a number of forms and mediums including photography, video, sound, writing and interactive media. These imaging and dissemination technologies are used to posit a fluid, expanded field of inquiry where the photographic image is often used as a departure point. To this end Dabek has often employed the strategy of seriality to explore the structures of display in relation to both the ‘archive’ and the history of art production.

Much of Dabek’s recent work coalesces around ideas engaged with the recent past, and in particular the idea of a present haunted by the spectral vestiges of Modernity. Recent gallery-based work You Were There With Me (2009) and Fader (2008/09) have used the expanded temporality of sound and moving image to tease out the often hidden echoes of time that inhabit architectural and monumental forms. In his work Dabek engages with a diverse spectrum of materials, ranging from custom-pressed vinyl records to specially constructed video projection devices. Dabek’s recent practice has also engaged with the possibilities of real-time performance. Working with live computer-based video processing techniques Dabek collaborates with the group of improvising musicians Espadrille in an ongoing series of performance-based works.

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