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Performing Idea

Performance Lectures and Redos: Robin Deacon


Approximating the Art of Stuart Sherman

Wednesday 6th October

Deacon performed a single work from a series of re-enactments he is creating based on the works of the late American artist Stuart Sherman (1945 - 2001), a seminal though underexposed figure in the history of performance art. Described as "the Buster Keaton of linguistics" Sherman's performances involved complex manipulations of objects that explored time, place, language and meaning. A documentary video exploring the conundrum of Sherman's methodology and the difficulties of the redo preceded Deacon's physical re-enactment of the artist's performance from the original documentation.


Video extract

Note: complete video documentation of all performance lecture events can be accessed through the Study Room at Live Art Development Agency and at the British Library.