Darryl Georgiou

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Darryl Georgiou is an interdisciplinary artist, exhibiting internationally and working across a range of media. His 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.

Between September 2016-October 2017 Georgiou was photo-artist in residence with filmmaker Rebekah Tolley for their project, 'The World Lived Here: L8' with Granby Community Land Trust (home to the 2015 Turner Prize Winners, Assemble) as part of the Culture Shifts programme for Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Georgiou/Tolley's project culminated in the 'Culture Shifts: Local' exhibition at Open Eye Gallery (Oct 5-Dec 22, 2017) and their 'No Ethics for Authenticity' presentation for the 'Culture Shifts (How can we co-author culture?)' conference at The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, UK in Jan 2018. 

Georgiou/Tolley also presented their image/audio installation, 'Magician Walks into the Laboratory' (featuring Star Wars/Bond actor, Jack Klaff), premiered at the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2017 as part of the successful UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

In 2014, Georgiou was awarded an Ars Electronica Futurelab Residency, which culminated in the completed works, 'Virtual Dialogues: Consent and Control (in the age of Google)' and 'Linz Adagia - Ersamus Proverbs (Blue Cloak) Folly of the World'

During 2010-2011 Georgiou exhibited as part of 'Make Room' Interventions into the Garman Ryan Collection at The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK. The exhibition used some of the contemporary works acquired by the gallery to make interventions within the collection's themed rooms. The display merges historic and contemporary art. Participating artists include Tracey Emin, Richard Wentworth and Howard Hodgkin.

During 2011-2013 Georgiou was ‘artist in residence’ at the National Collections of Photography (CNCP) hosted by Birmingham Central Library. Pilot research projects and residencies took place at the Public Gallery and investigated the relationship between the still and moving image. Exhibitions between March - May 2010 included the screening of a short film 'B21' - a sound and picture poem capturing a post-colonial inner city Britain. In July 2011, Georgiou previewed 'Buffet Menu (Villa Cross)' an art-as-text intervention, to mark the 30th anniversary of the first Handsworth disturbances (10 July 1981). The work approached the subject of historical memory in an attempt to reveal the disparity involved in attempting to represent the past in art. Wider research and practice explores the psychogeography of the city and how places feel that involve disturbance, turmoil or perceived injustice. The research question being how this re-presentation shapes the image of the present with a bearing on the here and now.

Formerly a Director and picture editor of highly acclaimed photo journal, Ten.8, which looked at the relationship between photography, knowledge, culture and power, Georgiou has also photographed and designed the covers of a number of best selling novels in the US (including 'Brick Lane' by Monica Ali) and co-edited award winning books with photographers in the UK and Europe. 

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 1997 2019

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

Inner City
Urban History

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

asylum seeker

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

Carl Einstein
Albert Einstein
City of Culture
Electronic Art

Activities 2006 2018

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Culture Shifts Learning Lab

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

'Are Dreams Electronic? Archive of Unstable Media'

Darryl Georgiou (Organiser), Rebekah Tolley (Organiser)
21 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Flatpack Film Festival

Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker)
6 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Flatpack Film Festival

Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker), Sam Dunn (Speaker)
6 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

'Magician Walks Into the Laboratory: From Star Wars to Starlab via the Future'. Jack Klaff with Darryl Georgiou and Rebekah Tolley

Darryl Georgiou (Speaker), Rebekah Tolley (Speaker), Professor Jack Klaff (Speaker)
19 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


National Collection
Victoria and Albert Museum

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)