“I’m still me! Even if I can no longer perform the job,” said a former doctor who is now unable to work because of chronic illness. “But when I open my wardrobe, I still see, and can step into, all the roles I played in my work”.
Performing Working harnesses the ambiguities of the terms ‘work’ and ‘performance’ in a fertile crossover of the two. If we consider every job, the work we do, as a performance, what can that tell us about what that work demands from us, how it shapes our sense of self, what we need to work in a sustainable and joyful way, and how we can support and be supported in that work? Using performance as a research methodology, it will show how this discipline can contribute to work in fields in and beyond the arts. And by expanding the label of work to roles and activities normally not given that label but requiring essential labour – such as the work of a patient – the research looks out how different roles and work performances – of patients, care professionals and medical students f.e., but also of spectators, artworkers and artists – can understand and support each other better.
Linked to this research Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist and Miriam Hempel were also on What is Work? A series of collaborations and interviews in which they, in collaboration with Kunsthal Gent, exchanged with many voices about ‘work’ and what we desire from it.
Ongoing research, March 2022-March 2023
Philippine Hoegen, Nirav Christophe, Sebastian Olma, Debbie Staverman, Veerle Spronck, Valentijn Byvanck, Stefan Geelen.
In Cooperation with
The Professorship Performative Creative Processes, HKU, Utrecht.
Caradt, Avans University, Breda.
Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
UMCU – University Hospital of Utrecht.