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Dennis Del Favero

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Dennis Del Favero is an artist who has worked with photography, video and new media since the mid 1980s. He studied philosophy at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976, before going on to further his studies at Masters and Doctorate levels in the fields of literature and visual art.

During the 1980s he worked as a professional photographer, developing close ties with Australian rock group Midnight Oil and engaging in freelance work around the Sydney performance and theatre scene (including work for the Sydney Theatre Company). 

His video and installation work first came to prominence with the ambitious work dealing with state terrorism. Linea di Fuoco was a large installation exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of Carnivale '87 and then included in the First Australian Video festival. The project was put together by  Del Favero and FILEF (a federation of Italian migrant workers and their families also based in Sydney). The work combined photographs,  texts, sculpture, slides and sound and featured contributions by Eamon D'Arcy, Matthew Lorrimer, Paul Charlier, Claudia Taranto and Katie Woo.

During the 1990s his work began to focus more on the possibilities of new media and interactive video, especially its experimental application within immersive and intelligent systems. Del Favero initiated and co-founded iCinema together with Jeffrey Shaw in 2002, based on the model of Germany’s ZKM, one of the world's most well-known media art institutes, where he worked as a Research Fellow during the 1990s. Since then, as Chair and Co-Director of iCinema until 2009 when he was appointed Director,.

Del Favero's contributions have been further recognised by a number of awards, including the 2009 International Design Excellence Award Gold Medal and finalist for Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010. In the Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, 2011, Terry Smith suggests "his works … have reached a level of maturity with regard to medium that matches that of the best artists working in whatever medium anywhere in the world".

He is currently an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales and Director of the iCinema Research Centre. He has held numerous solo exhibitions including at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, ViaFarini, Milan and Neue Galerie, Graz, and has participated in major group exhibitions including the Sydney Film Festival, Biennial of Architecture Rotterdam, Biennial of Seville, Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Battle of the Nations War Memorial, Leipzig (joint project with Jenny Holzer).

Date 
b. 1953
Period of activity 
from 1978

Lives and works

Sydney
NSW
Australia
Related organisations
Selected works
T_Visionarium, Video Documentation, 2004 – from T_Visionarium, via Vimeo 
del_favaro_linea_di_fuocu_avf_87_800h.jpg
del_favaro_linea_di_fuocu_avf_87_800h.jpg – from AVF '87 Linea di Fuoco 
Cassandra, – from Cassandra, via Vimeo 
Conversations, – from Conversations, via Vimeo 
Conversations@theStudio, – from Conversations@theStudio, via Vimeo