Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Robin Deacon

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Robin Deacon is a British artist, writer and filmmaker based in the U.S. His interdisciplinary work spans a variety of disciplines and themes, including explorations of performer presence and absence, the role of the artist as biographer, journalistic approaches to arts practice, and the mapping and ethics of performance re-enactment. He graduated from Cardiff School of Art in 1996, and went on to present performances and videos in the UK, Europe, U.S., and Asia. His work has been commissioned and programmed by The ICA, London; CCCB, Barcelona; Tanzquartier Wein, Vienna; Performa, New York; Tate Britain, and the Barbican Centre, London. He has been artist in residence at Sophiensaele, Berlin; Camden Arts Centre, London; and The Watermill Center, New York. He has received awards and fellowships from the Delfina Foundation, British Arts Council, Live Art Development Agency, and Franklin Furnace. From 2004, he was the director of the Drama and Performance Studies program at London South Bank University before relocating to the U.S. in 2011. He is currently an associate professor of performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At MacDowell, Robin began work on assembling a series of texts concerning video and memory, exploring both academic and fictional modes of writing. He also concluded work on his “Vinyl Equations” essay performance series, which was to be shown at the TBA Festival in Portland and as part of a UK tour in late 2018.



Robin Deacon worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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