White Balance: A History Of Video

Robin Deacon (USA/UK)

Wed 04 Nov 2015
Thu 05 Nov 2015
Fri 06 Nov 2015

Barbican (Pit)



Photo by Chloe Pang

A SERIES OF OUTMODED VINTAGE VIDEO CAMERAS EXPLORE HOW OUR WAYS OF SEEING AND WAYS OF REMEMBERING MAY BE INFORMED BY THE MEDIUM USED TO CAPTURE THE EVENT

The title White Balance refers to the process by which a camera is adjusted to account for differences in light, changing the relative strengths of colors to reach a truer sense of what is being seen. From the evolution of the video camera and meditations on discarded videotape formats, to the revisiting of lost and abandoned video footage, this performance tells a series of stories on time travel, haunting and hallucination. White Balance: A History of Video is part of a series that creates fictional narratives and explores their relationship with real life and autobiographical experience.


Robin Deacon is a British artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator based in the USA. His interdisciplinary practice aims to explore performer presence and absence, the role of the artist as biographer, and journalistic approaches to arts practice. His work has been presented in Europe, the US, and Asia, most recently at the Tate Britain, London (2014) and in association with the Whitney Museum, New York (2013). He is Chair of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


  • Presented by the Barbican in partnership with SPILL Festival of Performance

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