In 1997 Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to date. During the 1970's, 80's and beyond, he made long, non-stop durational performances, internationally, incorporating aspects of Zen practice. His subject matter includes political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1975 he's been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast's Art and Research Exchange (1978). Since 1975 he has taught at the University of Ulster, Belfast, where for eleven years he ran the Master of Arts (MA) Fine Art program.
He is a founding member of Belfast's 'Bbeyond'. Currently he travels extensively in Eastern and Western Europe and Asia presenting Actuations (performance/installations). Since 1989 he has been a member of the internationally regarded performance art entity, Black Market International,which performs globally. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a Fellow of the American Biographical Institute, USA.

Alastair MacLennan
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