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Student Showcase Archive

Girolamo Marri

MA work

MA work

Ghost of a talk

This is the documentation of a performative talk taking place in the same space where it is displayed, a few days after it has been cleared out from students' work and partition walls.

I linger in the introduction of a talk, never beginning to deliver it, in front of an audience which is denied the content it expects and is made part of silence and stilness instead.

I welcome newcomers and offer them chairs, I try to keep in those who want to leave, I reply to enquires or heckling from the audience, I begin sentences and switch on equipment, but never get anywhere.

I make everyone very aware of the space and everything within it, including themselves.

It's all amusing, but never quite satisfying.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2015



  • My practice is currently divided in two main streams of work. 

    In performative talks that I never begin to deliver, in silent interviews, in texts meant to be forever updated, and through preposterous street signs and embarrassing interactions with strangers, I establish connections based less on communication than on miscommunication, and use absurd humour, fractured language and context rather than content, to explore our way of interpreting reality.

    At the same time, in collaborative projects, I try to renegotiate parameters that define artworks as single entities, such as authorship, dimensions, medium, duration and date of making; and investigate their potential to be instead ever-changing and fully interconnected with the context they’re produced and displayed in. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, 2006 ; Degree in illustration, Ecole Saint Luc, 2000
  • Exhibitions

  • Interstitial Zone, The Showroom Gallery, London, 2015; Heckle, Bosse & Baum, London, 2015; The Residency 2. Working Day, Firstsite, Colchester, 2015; Can You Pay My Bills, The Albany, London, 2014; Can You Pay My Bills, Flat Time House, London, 2014; Friktioner Festival, Uppsala City Museum, Uppsala, 2014; The Residency 1, Kings College, London, 2014; Exchange made Live, Walden Affairs, The Hague, 2014; Organism, I.D. Town, Shenzhen, China, 2014; A restless misunderstanding needs to jiggle and baffle, Vask, The Philippines , 2013; Antagonist/Allegorist, Bank, Shanghai, 2013; Learning from the Literati 4, OV Gallery, Shanghai, 2013; What is it about the End of the World that makes it so appealing, V-Art Center, Shanghai, 2012; The Future that was, NASA/SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2012; Verticalita’ Living in Lift, Museo di Palazzo Ducale, Italy, 2012; The Yes Foundation, Tart Artspace, The Netherlands, 2011; Interventions, Space, Slovakia, 2011; Amarelarte, Porto Vecchio, Italy, 2011; Comfortable Auction, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, 2011; Refracted Realities: Fantasy worlds, Parallel universes, and other shades of being, OV Gallery, Shanghai, 2011; Flashbacks: offiCina, Factory 798, Beijing, 2010; Chongqing Youth Art Biennale, Chongqing exhibition Center, Chongqing, 2011; Fictions, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, 2009; ntrude: Art and Life 366, Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, 2008; Coffee Machines and Tea Cups, offiCina, Factory 798, Beijing, 2008; Futuremap: Best of graduates, Davies St Gallery, London, 2006; Self – Space, Air Video, Stoke-on-Trent, London, 2006