A Record of Undying

George Saxon, D. John Briscoe

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‘A RECORD OF UNDYING’ was first exhibited at Vivid Projects, Birmingham, 3 October – 15 November 2014 and curated by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, exhibition curator and Honorary Research Associate in Digital Humanities, University of Birmingham.“The collaboration with Saxon’s late partner D. John Briscoe (1949-2013), addresses the phenomenon of the last taboo: dying and death. Rooted in lived experience, this exhibition presents a large-scale installation of photographs and moving image alongside Blissfully Gunned Down (1980 – 2013), a live durational 16mm performance, which reworks footage of D. John Briscoe’s ‘acted’ death in 1980 (first shown at N.O.WHERE, London, October 2013). With Briscoe as subject, Saxon developed intimate photographs and films shot during the period leading up to and including his partner’s death, incorporating the current historical presence of his own, sometimes fragile body as material alongside that of his late partner; the emotional and creative repercussions of this collaboration”. -YBC.This exhibition reveals the very private and intimate relationship forged in the ordinariness and complexity of dying and facilitating end of life care. It is an examination of the collisions between dying, death and associated rituals; bringing into question audience perceptions of viewing death and dying and its wider dissemination. The moving image and photographic works expand into an environment incorporating visual and material signifiers alluding to the institutional and domestic space occupied by Briscoe in his last weeks of life.An essay was commissioned for the exhibition brochure ‘Love’s Revival’, from Dr. Michelle Aaron (University of Birmingham) author of ‘Death and the Moving Image: Ideology, Iconography and I and Envisaging Death’.
A Record of Undying gratefully acknowledges support from Ron Lane, George Saxon, Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, Invacare and Coventry University.
Audience responses to ‘A Record of Undying’: “A remarkable heart aching and beautiful experience”"A masterpiece" “The performance was amazing, the anger & frantic energy”http://www.vividprojects.org.uk/progra…/a-record-of-undying/https://www.scribd.com/document/240262990/Vivid-Projects-presents-A-Record-Of-UndyingADDITIONAL Material:Brochure for Exhibition:http://keithdodds.com/2015/09/11/a-record-of-undying/https://www.artrabbit.com/events/a-record-of-undyinghttp://polaroidsandpolarbears.co.uk/close-record-undying-vivid-projects/http://www.picbod.co.uk/category/guest-speakers/https://twitter.com/emulambert/status/710478795145347073
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVivid Art Projects, Birmingham.
PublisherVivid Projects
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2014
EventA Record of Undying - Vivid Project, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Oct 201415 Nov 2014


  • Death and Dying
  • film and media
  • Performance
  • Photography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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    George Saxon (Speaker) & Yasmeen Baig-Clifford (Speaker)

    25 Feb 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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

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    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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    George Saxon (Panel Member) & Michele Aaron (Participant)

    23 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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