Ryszard Dabek is an artist and academic who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His artistic practice encompasses a range of forms and mediums including video, film, photography and sound. These imaging and dissemination technologies are used to posit a fluid, expanded field of inquiry where the photographic image is often used as a departure point. Much of Dabek’s recent work coalesces around ideas engaged with the recent past and in particular the idea of a present haunted by the spectral vestiges of Modernity. Recent work includes Phantom Bid (SCA Galleries, 2014), the curatorial project Re:Cinema (Sydney, New York, 2013) and the solo exhibition Optimum Viewing Distance (I.C.A.N. Sydney 2012). In 2012 Dabek undertook a research residency at the National Film and Sound Archive towards the development of a new body of work based on archival footage of now demolished cinemas. He is a lecturer in the Screen Arts studio at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney and is a member of the Art & the Document research cluster.