David Critchley, Artist in distribution

David Critchley was born in Britain in 1953, and is now based in London. He studied art at Stockport College, Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited in various venues throughout Britain and elsewhere, including the Tate Modern, and he currently works in art education. Critchley played a key role in the development of video art in London through his organisation of a series of shows and performances at 2B Butler's Wharf in the late 1970's, and his management of London Video Arts from 1981-1986. Critchley's multimedia practice combines video, computers, photography and installation. In his video works of the late 1970's and early 1980's, Critchley used video to document performances (even those he had never 'realized'), some of which employed somewhat less extreme versions of body-art techniques. Much of Critchley's exploration of video centered on determining the specific properties of the medium, and its ability to alter the meaning of actions or statements by placing them in different temporal and spatial relationships to each other. Later in his career, Critchley has become very focussed on issues about mental and physical illness, and how they are approached by the medical and pharmaceutical industries.