For the past 30 years, working in various media, John Carson has wittily and provocatively explored the interface between high and low culture and has sought to widen the audience for contemporary art practice. He has presented live performances, made soundworks, broadcast on television and radio, created installations, and been involved in many types of public art projects.
He has exhibited and performed internationally and is best known for performative projects such as I’d Walk from Cork to Larne to See the Forty Shades of Green (a 320 mile, 14 day photographic journey) and A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana (a one day endurance test).
John received his BA in Fine Art from Ulster University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. From 1986 to 1991 he was Production Director of Artangel in London. He taught at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London; since 2006 he has been Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.
John will present and discuss selected projects from his 40-year career.