Beginning in 1969 with a self-constructed MFA at the University of Reading in conceptual performance and synaesthetics, Clive Robertson has been producing installation-performances, actions, events and related narrative and non-narrative works in audio. The themes of his performances and writings have frequently been about art and cultural labour, mediation and representation.
Robertson’s past works of long duration include Conversation Piece, (made on a 12-hour factory night shift in 1971); Burial Piece (3 days, 1971); A Year of F..F (with Su Clancy, 365 days, 1972-73); The Sculptural Politics of Joseph Beuys (21 hours, 1975); and Eight Hours (alongside Michael Banger and John Greyson, 1980). His more recent work has included the re-staging of earlier works for new audiences and the creation of hybrid conceptual performances in Japan, Poland and Québec.
Robertson organized international and local performance festivals in Britain and Canada in the 1970s and ’80s and is the co-editor (with Alain-Martin Richard) of Performance au/in Canada 1970-90 (Éditions Intervention-Coach House Press, 1991). He formerly teaches cultural theory and contemporary art history at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario).