• 10 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20092018

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Personal profile

Biography

George Saxon was born in London
and studied Environmental Media
at the Royal College of Art. 
George has been working 
with film, video, performance and installation. 
Both his solo and collaborative film
and video works have been exhibited
nationally and internationally
since the late 1970’s.

George Saxon’s artistic practice is in part rooted in expanded cinema and performance of the 70’s and 80’s, 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 since 1985. His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 
Saxon’s continuing interventions into film, digital video, performance, architectural and urban environments anticipates exploratory audience participation relationships and socially engaged practices, His work evolves from responses to conversations, site or situations; addressing dual concerns of place and identity. 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. His work embraces and reflects ways in which we understand our private and social environments through our interaction with urban (and rural) spaces we inhabit and our encounters with technology.

Current and recent installation and performance work include Shoe Test #2, (video projection 2011), as part of a series of ‘tests’ which contribute to a larger body of work evolved through moving image/text and durational performances to be shown at the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Germany. This multi-faceted enquiry into extreme endurance of forced labour at the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen; based on testimonies of Saxon’s father who was interned at Sachsenhausen Concentration camp during 1940 – 45. 
Saxon’s A Record of Undying (2013), a collaboration with his late partner D. John Briscoe. A photographic and moving image work of events leading up to and including his partner’s death. The installation of 'A Record of Undying' was shown at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, UK, launched on Friday 03 Oct - 15 Nov 2014 and includes the performance 'Blissfully Gunned Down'. 
For more information:
vividprojects.org.uk/programme/a-record-of-undying/

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Film avant-garde
  • Site specific work
  • Performance
  • Digital and Film installation
  • Death and Dying
  • Health and wellbeing

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Research Output

  • 10 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 9 Exhibition
  • 2 Performance
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Grave Dancing Test #5 (2010) and On White Off White (1976): Performing Gesture at Live Archive. Vivid Projects

Saxon, G., Syed, T. & Baig-Clifford, Y., 20 Apr 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • SHOTS IN THE DARK: Flatpack Film Festival/Live Archive/Vivid Projects

    Saxon, G. & Baig-Clifford, Y., 21 Apr 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

    Open Access
  • Wall Support (1977): Live Archive. Vivid Projects 13 April - 21 April 2018

    Saxon, G. & Baig-Clifford, Y., Apr 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • Grave Dancing Test #5 (2010) and On White Off White (1976): Film and the Other Arts: Creative Dialogues in the Avant-Garde. Performing Gesture

    Saxon, G., Syed, T. & Knowles, K., 26 Feb 2017

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

  • Act of drawing

    Saxon, G., 2016, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

  • Activities

    • 4 Participation in conference

    DVA Dialogues: A Record of Undying

    George Saxon (Speaker), Yasmeen Baig-Clifford (Speaker)
    25 Feb 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Talking Death: Academia meets Art

    George Saxon (Keynote Speaker), Dr. John Troyer (Speaker), Toni Mayner (Speaker)
    27 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    VIVID Projects. 'Death and the Moving Image'

    George Saxon (Panel Member), Michele Aaron (Participant)
    23 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    VIVID Projects'Artist & Curator Talk/A Record of Undying'.

    George Saxon (Speaker), Yasmeen Baig-Clifford (Speaker)
    30 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference