Talking Death: Academia meets Art

  • George Saxon (Keynote Speaker)
  • Dr. John Troyer (Speaker)
  • Toni Mayner (Speaker)

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Academia meets art;
George Saxon reflects on the installation ‘A Record of Undying’, a collaboration with his late partner John Briscoe, first shown at Vivid Projects in October/November 2014. Following Briscoe’s diagnosis with terminal cancer in February 2013, Saxon navigates and unpicks the layers embodied in the recordings of the dying and death of his partner: the marking of time, the intimate space of dying and how we gaze upon the death of the other. As part of this talk there will be an extract of Ian Breakwell’s BC/AD (Before Cancer/After Diagnosis (2005-2008) and a special screening Saxon’s final piece ‘Love and Death’, from the exhibition A Record of Undying’‘.

George Saxon is currently course director in MA Contemporary Arts Practice at Coventry University. Saxon’s artistic practice is in part rooted in expanded cinema and performance of the 60s and and 70s, with works ranging from early experimental performance interactions with film and video, to the multi screen projections utilising both existing and prefabricated architecture as one of the founder members of the artists group Housewatch. His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Pivotal in Saxon’s work is a phenomenological enquiry into the ‘dynamics of the moment’ and the role of the ‘performative’ and ‘material’ vehicle of the body in relationship to trauma, conflict and liberation.
Period27 Nov 2015
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Death and Dying