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Alastair MacLennan is Emeritus Professor in Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is one of Britain’s major practitioners of live art.
Since 1975 he has been based in Belfast and was a founder member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange. He is also a member of the European Performance Group called ‘Black Market International.’
During the 1970s and 1980s he made long durational performances in Britain and America. These were up to 144 hours long, non-stop, and the artist usually refrained from sleeping or eating during them. The works dealt with dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction.
He traveled extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, America and Canada, presenting ‘Actuations’ (his term for Performance/Installations).