Nottingham Contemporary: How We Behave. Curated by Grant Watson (core-tutor DAI), commissioned by If I Can't Dance I Don't Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution (core-tutor DAI)
Still image, Suely Rolnik in How We Behave curated by Grant Watson. Director of Photography Kate McDonough
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.
How We Behave is a project by Grant Watson, commissioned by If I Can't Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and funded by the Mondriaan Fund and the Arts Council of England.
Both 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 (Wysing), and CCA Wattis (San Francisco).
Till 17 January 2015