JOHN DUNCAN has operated for decades at the cutting edge of performance, video, experimental music, installation, pirate radio, and television. He has played a pivotal role in the development of performance art in Los Angeles, of experimental music as a member of LAFMS, of Japanese noise, and pirate TV + radio in Tokyo. Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles and Narkissos Gallery in Bologna recently held major retrospectives of his visual work, which has also been shown at MOCA and The Getty Center (Los Angeles), MAK (Vienna), MACBA (Barcelona), and MOT (Tokyo). Duncan has performed and recorded with Ishibashi Eiko, Jim O’Rourke, Joe Talia, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Leif Elggren, Oren Ambarchi, Zbigniew Karkowski, Mike Kelley, Joachim Nordwall, Stefano Pilia, Ivan Pjevcevic, Nicola Vinciguerra, Cristiano Deison, Michael Esposito, Eva Gonson Farag Hanna, Coro Arcanto, Giuliana Stefani, Mika Vainio, and Ilpo Väisänen, France Jobin and a host of others.
Duncan has recently been featured in the video Tinnitus by Danya Zinchenko and is now in rehearsals to play the role of Joe in a live video stream of the Samuel Beckett teleplay Eh Joe, produced and directed by Luz María Sánchez who will play the part of Voice. A Shaman at the Edge of Town, a fact-based fiction novel on Duncan’s art and life written by Yelena De Luca Mitrjushkina, is penciled in for publication in late 2021.
His events and installations have also been held at the 2nd Gothenburg Biennial, Antumnbrae Intermedia in Austin, Flight Gallery in San Antonio, Flussi 2015 in Avellino, Immerson7 and Mutek in Montreal, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Gallery Mario Mazzoli, Peninsula Dotland, Mindpirates, Liebig12 and NK in Berlin, The Hermann Nitsch Museum in Austria, Fylkingen, Färgfabriken and Gallery Niklas Belenius in Stockholm, Performa, Gallery Michele Maccarone and PS1 in New York, Rod Bianco Gallery in Oslo, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, the NoorlandsOperan in Umeå, Instants Chavires and l’Echangeur in Paris, The Lausanne Underground Film Festival (solo and with Bryan Lewis Saunders), Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Palazzo Appiani for PX2 in Piombino, the IPCA Ecomuseum (with Valerio Tricoli) for Eco e Narciso in the province of Turin, Teatro Piccolo Jovinelli in Rome, MainOFF in Palermo, Gallery Enrico Fornello (with CM von Hausswolff) in Prato, ORF Kunstradio in Vienna, Ars Electronica in Linz, and CCA in Kitakyushu.