Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin.
His visual-art work is primarily installation based, most often using photography, film and sculpture. His process of making and the aesthetic of his works derives from an interest in language, and the processes of construction – amateur and professional.
His writing has been published by Frieze, the Times Literary Supplement (UK), Art & the Public Sphere (UK), the Dublin Review, Architecture Ireland, The Stinging Fly, and the Irish Times, among others.
His debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site was published by The Lilliput Press and Head of Zeus in 2019. His second novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig will be published by The Lilliput Press in 2020.
He is coeditor of Paper Visual Art Journal (IRL/DE).
In 2018 he exhibited, in collaboration with Feargal Ward, a large-scale film/sculptural installation work titled The Soil Became Scandinavian, as part of EVA 2018, curated by Inti Guerrero. In 2019 he and Ward premiered, at VMDIFF, a feature-length film titled Floating Structures on the subject of the buildings of engineer Peter Rice; they also co-directed a music video for Joy Division's Day of the Lords as part of the Unknown Pleasures Reimagined project.
From 1995 Duncan studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in the U.K. and Ireland. He received his chartership from the I.E.I. (Irish Engineering Institute) in 2007, before returning to study fine art at IADT, Dún Laoghaire in 2008. He received a 1st class M.A. (Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin) in 2011.
He has guest tutored and guest lectured at UCD School of Architecture, Dublin; UCC School of Architecture, Cork; NCAD, Dublin; and Crawford College of Art, Cork.