We are pleased to announce that the project How We Behave, curated by Grant Watson and commissioned by If I Can't Dance, will be presented at The Showroom in London.
How We Behave is inspired by an interview of the same name with Michel Foucault published in Vanity Fair in 1983, in which Foucault asked – why can’t life be ‘the material for a work of art?’ In more than fifty interviews, conducted in New York, São Paulo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Amsterdam, the project explores how people shape their lives. The interviews focus on people’s behaviour – how they work on themselves, how they reflect on their lives and their relationships to others. Presented is a selection of these filmed portraits shown alongside material relating to the overall project, which will provide the setting for discussion on Foucault’s concept of life as a work of art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public talk by Grant Watson on the 11 July from 2-4pm, in which he will introduce the project and his ongoing research. Admission is free, and bookings are not required.
How We Behave
has also resulted in a recently published publication that includes a research essay by Watson introducing notions of 'care of the self' and reflecting upon its resonance across the interviews, the original Vanity Fair
interview, new interviews with Paul Rabinow and Leo Bersani, as well as images of the interview subjects. The publication is designed by Will Holder
and published by If I Can't Dance and was launched during the Performance Days
in Amsterdam last November. It costs €15,– and can be ordered from email@example.com
. Copies are also available for sale at The Showroom.
How We Behave
is a project by Grant Watson, commissioned by If I Can't Dance as part of Edition V (2013–2014) and funded by the Mondriaan Fund and the Arts Council of England, the latter in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary and The Showroom. If I Can't Dance and Grant Watson would like to express their gratitude to all interviewees, as well as to Studium Generale Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam), The Kitchen (New York), Casa do Povo and NUCLEO (São Paulo), Roski School of Arts (USC), Human Resources and GuestHaus Residency (Los Angeles), The Showroom (London), Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), and CCA Wattis (San Francisco).
The programme of If I Can't Dance is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the municipality of Amsterdam. If I Can't Dance is a member of Corpus
and Performance Platform