Mark Jeffery (B. 1973 Doveridge, UK) is a Chicago based Performance / Installation Artist, Curator and teacher. Mark received his BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in UK. In 1996 he was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Live Art between the University of the West of England and Arnolfini Live. He has been making collaborative and non-collaborative performance / installation / internet / screen works and participation based exhibits in numerous spaces and contexts since 1993 including ASU Art Museum, AZ, Happiness Project as part of 6018North, Mutualisms at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Cathedral Quarter, Lincoln UK (as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad), Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ontological Theatre NYC, Performance Studies #15 Zagreb, Croatia, Interrupt Digital Arts Festival (Brown University), Kunsthalle Museum (Norway), Site Unseen (Chicago Cultural Centre), Nottdance (Nottingham), Taxi Gallery (Cambridge, UK), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow), ICA (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Firstsite (Colchester), Green Room (Manchester), and Chapter (Cardiff).
He was a member of Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 - 2009. He collaborated and performed in 5 of Goat Island's works, touring and teaching extensively across North America and Europe. Teaching included a 10 yearlong annual summer performance institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other educational cities including Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Zagreb, Prague and Berlin. Goat Island completed touring its last performance work, The Lastmaker, in February 2009. Performances included PS122 (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Eurokaz Festival (Zagreb), The House of World Cultures (Berlin), New Moves (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol). The company presented their penultimate work 'When Will the September Roses Bloom Last Night Was Only a Comedy' at the Venice Biennale in 2005. www.goatislandperformance.org
Mark is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Performance Department. www.saic.edu/performance
Since 2006 he has been active curating performance in Chicago including IN>TIME, with a city wide IN>TIME festival upcoming in 2013. Other curatorial projects in Chicago have included OPENPORT a Performance, Language and Sound series, Intimate and Epic: Small Acts for the City in Millennium Park in Chicago and recently in 2011; an exhibition, performance and symposium at The School of the Art Institute called The Simulationists.
In 2009, Mark began a new collaborative teaching summer Performance Institute with Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson titled Abandoned Practices. In 2012 the Institute will locate to Prague:http://www.abandonedpractices.org