3 Minutes with Robin Deacon

Robin Deacon is an artist, writer and filmmaker and live performer, whose work ranges from biographical documentaries to self-satirical artistic lectures. We discuss with him his multi-dimensional creativity and his upcoming Tilt @ Kings Place project.

What 3 words (would you say) best describe you?

I don't know.

You seem to have a lot of interests, where does this stem from?

A (partial) lifetime collecting things – ideas and objects. Although lately, I've been trying to get rid of the extraneous stuff.

How would you describe the relationship between live art and spoken word?

Well, a lot of live artists come from a visual arts background, so maybe it’s not surprising that a lot of live artists can't write.

Tell us about the piece you're doing for Tilt as part of the Kings Place Festival. Are you enjoying the process?

The performance is entitled ‘The Argument Against the Body’, and speculates as to what it would be like not to have a body. It’s a more fictional mode of writing than I'm used to – I'm enjoying dealing with facts and truth in a different way.

What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

Finishing my documentary film on the late US performance artist Stuart Sherman. It’s been three years in the making, and I'm nearly done.

Are there any artists you'd cite as an inspiration, if so, why?

I'm very susceptible/suggestible, so often find that I'm under the influence of whatever the last film was I saw, or the last book I read.

What's the most important piece of insider knowledge you have as a writer and performer?

That it’s never a good idea to have your peers as your only audience.