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  • 8 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20092018
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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 2009 2018

  • 8 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

Dancing
Gesture
Dance
Endurance
Chronology

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
Optical
Performer
Film Festivals
Sound
Alignment

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

Saxons
Screening
Optical
Anonymity
France

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

White Film
Dancing
Avant Garde
Creative Arts
Gesture

Act of drawing

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

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Dryden Goodwin
Rachel Lowe
Stuart Brisley
Valie Export

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Participation 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

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

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

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