How We Behave

10 Jan 2015 – 17 Jan 2015

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10am-6pm Saturdays, Closed Mondays, open 10am - 7pm Tuesday - Friday

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Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham, United Kingdom


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  • Any bus to Nottingham City Centre
  • Lace Market Tram Stop
  • Nottingham Station
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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, Sࠣo 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 (Sࠣo 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). Opening reception Friday 9 January

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