Inventory of behaviours

Addison, Joanne [Artist] and Kidd, Natasha [Artist] (2018) Inventory of behaviours. In: Assembly 4; 8 Nov 2018, Cardiff, U.K.. (Assembly 2018, no. 4) (Submitted)


Different tactics are needed in different locations as conditions of survival, both practical and psychological, fluctuate. But how to be true to yourself while surviving as an artist? There is pressure on artists to be activists, to project a message to society or to think about how their work will influence political change. And within culture of ‘finger-pointing’, there is a pressure to say the right thing, which can distract from the battles artist actually need to fight. Within this context how do artists position themselves in the future? By invitation, Jo Addison Addison and Natasha Kidd will give a 20 minute presentation about the project, which will be interrupted by a text to speech voice reading instructions. The audience is asked to wear boiler suits, to record and perform their own behaviours then perform some and discuss what they reveal. Cardiff was the location of the final a-n Assembly event of 2018. This day-long event, hosted at The Sustainable Studio and developed in collaboration with Cardiff based artist Thomas Goddard, explored resilience and sustainable arts practice. Through workshops, seminars and a panel discussion, Assembly Cardiff examined and evaluated the core principles of how to survive (or not) as a creative practitioner in contemporary Britain.

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