Darren Tynan is an Australian photographer. Tynan's photographic works have featured in various international exhibitions as well as his home city of Perth in Western Australia. As an artist, he explores serendipity as a generative device and embraces technical malfunction and failure as a mode of photographic archaeology and cultural criticism. In his series, Fear of Missing Out, Tynan documents video compression errors using broadcasts from free-to-air Australian television channels. By intercepting broadcast signals, Tynan explores transmission glitches as a serendipitous phenomenon and as a creative tool in the photographic process. The series was exhibited at Toong Galleries, Saigon, from September 20 to November 1, 2018.
Tynan is also involved in an ongoing collaborative project called Paradise's Parasite, where he explores the sound identities of the Australian bush as a place of solace and estrangement. Paradise's Parasite aims to create an ecologically-minded dialogue across Australian and Chinese cultures about the parasitic relationships humans have with the natural world. The first iteration of the project brought together likeminded artists Lianxi Zhang, Brenton Rossow, Harrison See and Darren Tynan, who drew attention to environmental issues through collaborative interdisciplinary arts practice. As part of the project, Rossow and Tynan exhibited an audiovisual meditation at Huijang Gallery at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2017. After two successful exhibitions in Shanghai, the four artists saw great potential in extending the project further. Visual artist and poet Rebecca Jensen came on board for Paradise's Parasite III, which was exhibited in July 2018 at Project Spectrum, Edith Cowan University, Perth.
Tynan is currently working on an environmental portraiture book and a photography and poetry series. Titled Purgatory, the photo and poetry collection explores the literary merit of computer programming languages in a digital art context. By manipulating lines of code to produce glitch photography works and presenting the lines as poetic forms, the artist negotiates the boundary between the mathematical and the artistic, and the utilitarian and the aesthetic.
Fear of Missing Out, Toong, Saigon, Vietnam, September 2018
Paradise’s Parasite III, Project Spectrum, Perth, Australia, 2018
Paradise's Parasite II, Yinghuang Tea Rooms, USST, Shanghai, China, 2017
Paradise’s Parasite, Dream Wharf, Shanghai, China, 2017
Paradise's Parasite, Huijian Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2017
Blink Photographic Awards, Perth, Australia, 2016
Exhale, Huijian Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2016
Exhale, Gallery 25, Perth, Australia, 2016
25 Under 25 Exhibition, Moore Gallery, Fremantle, Australia, 2015
Fear of Missing Out [Press Release in Vietnamese and English].
Johnson, M. (2018). In the face of waste. Retrieved from Seesaw Magazine.
Paradise's Parasite III. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University website.
Tam, T. (2018). Nhữngsự cố kỹ thuật có thể tạo nên... tác phẩm nghệ thuật. Retrieved from Thanh Nien News.
Tuan, M. (2018). Australian artist holds photomedia exhibition in town. Retrieved from The Saigon Times.
Tynan, D. (2018). Ghost. Retrieved from Magazine d’Art De Saigon.
Tynan, D. (2015). Brave. Retrieved from Shoot the Frame.