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BIOGRAPHY

Robin Deacon (born 1973 Eastbourne, England) is an artist, writer and filmmaker based in the UK. Working since the early 1990's, much of his work encompasses live performance with a series of performed lectures that have explored journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice. His performances and videos have been presented in the UK and internationally in venues such as The ICA, London (1996), The Young Vic, London (2000), CCCB, Barcelona (2006), Tanzquartier Wein, Vienna (2007) and the Centre d'art Scenique Contemporain Lausanne, Switzerland (2009). He has also been artist in residence at Sophiensaele in Berlin (2005), Camden Arts Centre London (2006) and The Watermill Center, New York, USA (2009). His research in political biography led to a series of performances on the lives of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell (2004 – 08) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2005). These works had a strong multimedia element and are often rewritten in response to prevailing news events regarding their subject. The use of recorded interviews (some recorded covertly) was a key element of these and later performances. His performance piece Prototypes (2006 – 09) stylistically referenced the output of documentary films produced by the British Transport Commission. Later works include a re-staging of Stuart Sherman's ensemble version of Hamlet (A portrait), shown as part of the Sacred: US Radical season at London's Chelsea Theatre. Current projects include a documentary film on the life of late US American performance artist Stuart Sherman, which had its premiere screening in 2013 in association with The Whitney Museum and Performa. Recently, he presented his new lecture performance White Balance: A History of Video at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York and at the New Performance Festival in Turku, Finland. This work was developed with a Franklin Furnace Inc. Artists Award.

RIGHT: Fifteen Glorious Years of Unforgettable Catchphrases (2009) photograph by Hugo Glendinning