Mr Ryszard Dabek

BA(VA) MA MFA (UNSW)
Lecturer, Film and Digital Arts
Coordinator, Master of Interactive and Digital Media

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1133
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Website Ryszard Dabek

Biographical details

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. 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. In addition to his own artistic practice, Dabek has been actively involved in a number of key artist-run organisations. In this capacity he was a member of the directorial committee for firstdraft Gallery, and has developed websites for West Space (Melbourne) and Balugrau. More recently, he was member of the Loose Projects artist collective.

Research interests

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.

Teaching and supervision

Simon Bare, MFA

Jade Boyd, PhD

Emma Hicks, MFA

Michael Orehek, MFA

William Pritchett, MFA

Adam Sebire, MFA

Nicola Walkerden, MFA

Awards and honours

2001 Australia Council for the Arts: Visual Arts/Craft Board New Work Grant

Selected grants

2012

  • Re:Cinema. Investigating the persistence of the cinematic in contemporary visual culture.; Dabek R, Douglas S, Aziz A, Weary G, Conomos J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Dabek, R. (2003). Where are we now: Artist run projects & the internet. In Andrew Hurle, Lisa Andrew (Eds.), Elastic Printed Project, (pp. 85-89). Sydney: Elastic Artist Group.

Journals

  • Dabek, R. (2011). Jean - Luc Godard: The Cinema in Doubt. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 14(1, March), 1-11.
  • Dabek, R. (2011). Time After Time: Runa Islam. Eyeline, 75, 48-53.
  • Dabek, R. (2008). (When you wake) you're still in a dream. Art Monthly Australia, 212, 30-31.

Conferences

  • Dabek, R. (2013). Re: Cinema. 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013), Sydney: ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and the University of Sydney.

Visual Art

  • Dabek, R. (2013). Pilgrimage. In: Bookish. Marrickville Garage, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2013). Some Trust All, 2013. In: Easy Listening. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2012). 1. Maryon Park 2. Kensington Mansions 3. Thamesmead. In: Optimum Viewing Distance. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2012). Various Difficulties. In: Various Difficulties. Sound Summit: Festival of Independent and Innovative Music. Terrace Bar, 529 Hunter St - Sound Summit Music Festival, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2010). This Nation's Saving Grace. In: ICAN covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). 1. you were there with me (v.1) 2. 'untitled 1 - 10 (Immeuble Molitor, Appartement de Le Corbusier)'. In: Species of Spaces. West Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Call for escape route #1-7. In: Map/Ground/Grain. Inflight Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Dissimilitude. In: Dreams that money can't buy. Silkhouse Art Projects, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Fleeting spheres. In: Creative Explosion in the West: Communication Arts Multi-Disciplinary Festival. The School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney. The Performance Space, Building O, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). You Were There With Me. In: you were there with me. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown. ICAN - Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Newtown, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2008). Fader. In: Fader. Sydney College of the Arts. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Klabbers, J. (2008). the letter always/never arrives at its destination. In: text/object. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Charles Sturt University. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2007). Between. In: Between. Loose Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2006). Disappearer. In: Disappear. Pelt, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2006). Playlist. In: Tomorrow Again. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2005). 1. Who Falls..Was 2. Motet. In: Don't Look Now. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2005). Closer. In: Closer. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2004). 1. Untitled 2. Untitled. In: Junket. Instituto de Cultuar de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico, Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Dabek, R. (2004). Little Eyes. In: Move on ASIA. Move on ASIA, Japan. + (Plus) Gallery, Aichi, Japan.
  • Dabek, R. (2004). The Emptiness Project. In: The Emptiness Project. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2002). 1. 1989 2. its 1989 ok. In: sic (but true). The University of Sydney. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia: Ryszard Dabek.
  • Dabek, R. (2002). 26 Bus Stops. In: Modus Operandi. Centre for Contemporary Photography. Gallery One, CCP, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2001). 1. both ends fixed 2. can we start again 3. echos answer 4. i care because you do 5. stockholm syndrome 6. you can have it all 7. don't let it stop 8. perfect from now on. In: Eurotrash. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Dabek, R. (2009). On species of spaces. Species of spaces, (pp. 1 - 6). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Wade (Boris) Marynowsky: on the edge of the Uncanny Valley. Art Monthly, 221, (pp. 46 - 47). Acton, ACT, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.

Musical Compositions

  • Dabek, R. (2009). Call for escape route (Eraser flower)..

Live Performance - Interarts

  • Dabek, R., Espadrill. (2010). Untitled. This is Not Art Festival Newcastle. Renew Newcastle HQ (3 Morgan Street, Newcastle), Newcastle, Australia: This is Not Art Festival Newcastle.
  • Dabek, R. (2010). Untitled. Harmonic territories #8. The CAD factory, Marrickville, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2004). Who Falls, Was. Sydney, Australia, Australia.

Film / Video

  • Dabek, R. (2010). Emptiness. Film, Sydney, Australia: Rolling Stock.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Dissimilation. Sydney, Australia: Sydney Underground Film Festival.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Dabek, R. (2013). Re: Cinema. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
  • Dabek, R. (2006). Ipso Video. Sydney, Australia: Loose Projects.

ERA Specific Journals

  • Dabek, R. (2009), The past inside the present. Eyeline, 70, 42-45.

2013

  • Dabek, R. (2013). Pilgrimage. In: Bookish. Marrickville Garage, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2013). Re: Cinema. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
  • Dabek, R. (2013). Re: Cinema. 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013), Sydney: ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and the University of Sydney.
  • Dabek, R. (2013). Some Trust All, 2013. In: Easy Listening. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.

2012

  • Dabek, R. (2012). 1. Maryon Park 2. Kensington Mansions 3. Thamesmead. In: Optimum Viewing Distance. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2012). Various Difficulties. In: Various Difficulties. Sound Summit: Festival of Independent and Innovative Music. Terrace Bar, 529 Hunter St - Sound Summit Music Festival, Newcastle, Australia.

2011

  • Dabek, R. (2011). Jean - Luc Godard: The Cinema in Doubt. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 14(1, March), 1-11.
  • Dabek, R. (2011). Time After Time: Runa Islam. Eyeline, 75, 48-53.

2010

  • Dabek, R. (2010). Emptiness. Film, Sydney, Australia: Rolling Stock.
  • Dabek, R. (2010). This Nation's Saving Grace. In: ICAN covers. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Espadrill. (2010). Untitled. This is Not Art Festival Newcastle. Renew Newcastle HQ (3 Morgan Street, Newcastle), Newcastle, Australia: This is Not Art Festival Newcastle.
  • Dabek, R. (2010). Untitled. Harmonic territories #8. The CAD factory, Marrickville, Australia.

2009

  • Dabek, R. (2009). 1. you were there with me (v.1) 2. 'untitled 1 - 10 (Immeuble Molitor, Appartement de Le Corbusier)'. In: Species of Spaces. West Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Call for escape route #1-7. In: Map/Ground/Grain. Inflight Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Call for escape route (Eraser flower)..
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Dissimilation. Sydney, Australia: Sydney Underground Film Festival.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Dissimilitude. In: Dreams that money can't buy. Silkhouse Art Projects, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Fleeting spheres. In: Creative Explosion in the West: Communication Arts Multi-Disciplinary Festival. The School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney. The Performance Space, Building O, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). On species of spaces. Species of spaces, (pp. 1 - 6). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Dabek, R. (2009), The past inside the present. Eyeline, 70, 42-45.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). Wade (Boris) Marynowsky: on the edge of the Uncanny Valley. Art Monthly, 221, (pp. 46 - 47). Acton, ACT, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2009). You Were There With Me. In: you were there with me. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown. ICAN - Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Newtown, Australia.

2008

  • Dabek, R. (2008). (When you wake) you're still in a dream. Art Monthly Australia, 212, 30-31.
  • Dabek, R. (2008). Fader. In: Fader. Sydney College of the Arts. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Klabbers, J. (2008). the letter always/never arrives at its destination. In: text/object. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Charles Sturt University. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia.

2007

  • Dabek, R. (2007). Between. In: Between. Loose Projects, Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Dabek, R. (2006). Disappearer. In: Disappear. Pelt, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2006). Ipso Video. Sydney, Australia: Loose Projects.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2006). Playlist. In: Tomorrow Again. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

2005

  • Dabek, R. (2005). 1. Who Falls..Was 2. Motet. In: Don't Look Now. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R. (2005). Closer. In: Closer. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2004

  • Dabek, R. (2004). 1. Untitled 2. Untitled. In: Junket. Instituto de Cultuar de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico, Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Dabek, R. (2004). Little Eyes. In: Move on ASIA. Move on ASIA, Japan. + (Plus) Gallery, Aichi, Japan.
  • Dabek, R. (2004). The Emptiness Project. In: The Emptiness Project. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dabek, R., Encarnacao, J. (2004). Who Falls, Was. Sydney, Australia, Australia.

2003

  • Dabek, R. (2003). Where are we now: Artist run projects & the internet. In Andrew Hurle, Lisa Andrew (Eds.), Elastic Printed Project, (pp. 85-89). Sydney: Elastic Artist Group.

2002

  • Dabek, R. (2002). 1. 1989 2. its 1989 ok. In: sic (but true). The University of Sydney. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia: Ryszard Dabek.
  • Dabek, R. (2002). 26 Bus Stops. In: Modus Operandi. Centre for Contemporary Photography. Gallery One, CCP, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia.

2001

  • Dabek, R. (2001). 1. both ends fixed 2. can we start again 3. echos answer 4. i care because you do 5. stockholm syndrome 6. you can have it all 7. don't let it stop 8. perfect from now on. In: Eurotrash. Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

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