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Darryl Georgiou is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor in Media Arts at Coventry University, with extensive experience of postgraduate Art & Design research, teaching and international project collaboration.
Georgiou was formerly a picture editor and director (1989-1993) of influential image theory ‘photo journal’, Ten.8 magazine. Connecting image-makers and writers, Ten.8 was a counter cultural publication in the left-wing intellectual tradition, which looked at the relationship between photography, knowledge, culture and power.
Georgiou worked with leading writers, theorists and photographers; including Derek Bishton (editor), Sadie Plant, Trisha Ziff and Rhonda Wilson. He worked with Tim Druckrey and Andy Cameron on Digital Dialogues: Photography in the Age of Cyberspace (Ten.8 Vol2 No2, published 1991), and collaborated with David A Bailey and Professor Stuart Hall (formerly of The Birmingham School of Cultural Studies & Open University) on Critical Decade: Black British Photography in the 80s (Ten.8 Vol2 No3, published 1992). These latter editions of the journal heralded new cultural forms of contemporary digital culture. Georgiou was also a curator/manager of Ten.8 Touring (1990-1993) and a founding director and secretary of the related company and curated photography programme, the Birmingham Photo Festival (1992).
Georgiou’s artwork is held in both national and international collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens/New York. His photo-artworks and designs have been used on the covers of a number of best selling novels in Europe, South Asia and the US (including 'Brick Lane' by Monica Ali). He has also co-edited award winning books with photographers in the UK and Europe. Latterly, Georgiou was commissioned by The National Collections of Photography (CNPC) to make contemporary new works that responded to UK archives, including the Sir Benjamin Stone collection at Birmingham Central Library. Georgiou is Creative director of arts and photography organisations, 'Still Walking' and 'Some Cities'. He has been artist in residence at the world-renowned sci-art institute 'Ars Electronica' Futurelab (in Linz), and a recipient of a Henry Moore foundation research project award for the ‘Still Walking’ Festival (Liber Topia). Hinterland: Re-negotiating the Archive. Sound & Picture Poems (from Hunesworth to Harnall, as part of Creative Multilingualism/Slanguages: investigating connections between linguistic diversity and creativity, takes as its departure point, Georgiou’s extensive photo/film archive.
Georgiou is interested in the tension between truth and fiction, reality and invention, history and memory. His architectonic practice combines conceptual complexity and playfulness. Often merging inherently flawed systems and doubtful philosophical propositions with the seemingly objective experience of the archive. Through his array of interlinked projects Georgiou questions how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it.

Research Interests

Contemporary Art, live art, media art and phonic art. Art in the city, art as text, artists’ moving image, photography, multi-media, new technologies and interactive art; curation, gallery interpretation, site-sensitive installation, socially engaged practice, psychogeography, private and public archives, systems of collection and re-presentation.

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Research Output

Black Handsworth: Race in 1980s Britain

Georgiou, D. & Connell, K., Jan 2019, University of California Press. 1 p. (Berkeley Series in British Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • New Midlanders (Surviving Fortress Europe)

    Georgiou, D., Tolley, R., Sandhu, H. & Patel, T., 2019, (In preparation)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media

  • The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein: Who Am I To Speak On Behalf Of The Dead?

    Georgiou, D., Tolley, R., Holmes, D. (ed.) & Kivland, S. (ed.), 14 May 2019, The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Holmes, D. & Kivland, S. (eds.). MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE , (The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 5 Participation in conference
    • 4 Oral presentation
    • 3 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    'Who Am I to Speak on Behalf of the Dead?'

    Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker)
    13 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    'Who Am I to Speak on Behalf of the Dead?'

    Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker)
    11 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Talk With Us: Collaboration

    Darryl Georgiou (Speaker)
    23 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Culture Shifts Learning Lab

    Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker)
    29 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Resistance ’68: A Beginners Guide to the Art of Resistance

    Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker)
    22 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


  • Constantino Award for Art, sponsored by the Ergobank, for 'Screen Memories'

    Darryl Georgiou (Recipient), 1996

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Gulbenkian Foundation Award

    Darryl Georgiou (Recipient), 1997

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)