Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Chicago, IL)Robin Deacon

Project Description

Exploring the intersection between fiction and performance art, this project will attempt to interrogate the primacy of the real or authentic in terms of autobiography and documented action. Exploding the idea of what it means to be "real" and "fake" in a performance, this project will utilize the notion of unreliable narrative as a means of reconfiguring and interrogating the notion of "inauthenticity." From imaginary actions to imaginary oeuvres, what are the implications for the artist’s identity if a conscious decision is made not to do it "for real"?


Robin Deacon is a British artist, writer, filmmaker and educator currently based in the USA. Working since the early 1990’s, his performances and videos have been presented at conferences and festivals in the UK and internationally in Europe and the USA. His interdisciplinary practice has spanned a variety of disciplines and themes, including explorations of performer presence and absence, the role of the artist as biographer, and the possibility for journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice. Most recently his practice has shifted into the area of documentary film with a series of works that aim to interrogate the mapping and ethics of performance re-enactment. He is an Associate Artist of Artsadmin (UK) and Assistant Professor in Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.