Born in Sydney (Australia), 1952
Lives & works in Sydney (Australia)
Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decade

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A pioneer of Video Art and one of Australia's most important artists. Well known by his cutural "portraits", Peter Callas has utilised a wide variety of electronic and digital media to show his dynamic vision of varied locations. The identity of countries like Japan, United States, Germany, Brazil or India as well as his hometown Australia are part of the artist´s subject.

Callas creates singular landscapes taking out popular and media culture.

Biographical notes

1952 Born, Sydney, Australia
1971-74 BA Honours, University of Sydney
1975-78 Assistant Film Editor, Sound Editor, Australian Broadcasting Commission Television, Sydney
1978-80 Diploma In Art, Sydney College of The Arts
1981-96 Lecturer, Sydney College of The Arts, City Art Institute, Sydney; University of Technology, Sydney, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2000-01 Guest Professor, Computer Animation and Digital Imaging, Academy of Media Arts, Köln, Germany

Selected Fellowships and Residencies

2003-05 Visual Arts/Craft Board Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts
2001-02 Asialink Artist-in-Residence, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
1999 HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra
1994-96 Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany
1988-89 PS1, New York
1986 Marui Koendori Television, Marui Department Store, Tokyo
1984 Kiffy Rubbo Memorial Fellowship, Australia Council

Selected Individual Exhibitions

2003 Squareize, DVD and digital prints on photographic paper, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2003 Um Novo Tempo: reimagining Brazil, digital prints on photographic paper, Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam; ARC Gallery One at SPAN, Melbourne
2002 Peter Callas: Anti-Terrain, Asialink Senior Australian Artist's Touring Program, Petronias Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August); Art Museum of the China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China (MAAP, October); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (December)
2002 Vinculum, digital prints on photographic paper, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2002 PCA #1 (with Yuri Kawanabe), installation, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
2002 Sarai New Media Initiative, New Delhi, India
2002 Shilpasamannaya, Chittagong, Bangladesh
2001 Mitologie Elettroniche, Cineclub Arsenale Ondavideo, Pisa, Italy
1999-2002 Um Novo Tempo: reimagining Brazil, digital prints on photographic paper, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra; Brisbane City Gallery; War Memorial Art Gallery, University of Sydney. Also shown as part of Invideo, International Exhibition of Experimental and Art Video, Scuola d'Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi, Milan, Italy and Heterosis ó Digital Art from Australia, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
1999-2002 Peter Callas: Initialising History. Video Works 1980-1999, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; 24 Hour Art, Darwin; Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Arte & Communicazione Biennale Internazionale, Rome; Recontres Arts Électroniques, Rennes, France; Invideo, Milan
1999 Lost in Translation, Sydney Opera House
1995 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1995 1st Buenos Aires International Festival of Video and Electronic Art
1994 Men of Vision, installation, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
1991 Kunstverein, Köln
1990 Alphabyte Cities: the Videos of Peter Callas, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London
1990 From Roots to Aerials: the Videos of Peter Callas, Australian International Video Festival, Sydney
1990 Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, West Germany
1990 Metropolis, Television Española, Madrid
1989 Speed-Images: Video Architexture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1989 Mediated Terrain, Pacific Film Archive, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
1988 Architectronics, Berlin Film Festival
1987 Technology as Territory: Video & Desire in Japan, Artspace, Sydney; Praxis, Perth; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1986 Double Trouble, Premier event in a series of one person shows streetcast three times weekly throughout 1986, Marui Department Store, Tokyo
1985 Video as Furniture & Fantasy, Image Forum, Tokyo
1984 1979 Animals, installation, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney
1983 Video: Personal/Political, Osaka Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka
1983 Kiru Umi No Yoni/Cutting Like the Ocean, installation, Kaneko Art G1, Tokyo; Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney
1982 Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo
1982 Elementary Alphabetical, installation, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney
1982 Video-Audio-Image, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
1980 The Sydney Studio