Philippine’s research investigates, on the one hand, the hidden performativity of work situations such as a hospital – the emotional, affective performances expected of care personnel, and the work involved in fulfilling the role of the patient.
It also looks into the many facets of the work involved in (performance) art, and tries to describe the – often invisible – labour of (performance) artists and art workers, exploring the many roles they too must assume to work in this complex field, to find out what it takes to carry out the work and what can make the field more sustainable.
The aim of Performing Working is to unravel the multivalency of the labels ‘performing’ and ‘working’, through a fruitful and productive intersection of the two terms, and of the two domains ‘care and welfare’ and ‘arts and culture’. In other words, the research investigates the activity of work through the lens of performance. By using methods of artistic research and performance, the project aims to address a broader social problem: the invisibility of the performative in the work of care, and the invisibility of labour in art and performance.
The artistic project Performing Working is a transdisciplinary collaboration between HKU, Avans, UMCU and Marres. The research builds on previous work (2016-2020) by Philippine Hoegen, who was artistic researcher in the Avans Caradt research group Cultural and Creative Industries, led by Dr. Sebastian Olma.