Have you ever wanted to change?

Date created: 
2006
Abstract: 

'A person decides that there is something about themselves that they would like to change'. This is the primary problematic of this project. What motivates self-development? What makes it seem an imperative? How is it enacted? To address these questions, the project incorporates the work of artists who impose a regime on their daily life as an art practice. Loosely framed as 'durational performance', these artists create a set of limits or tasks that must be carried out through a disciplinary regime of some kind. The project argues that these practices mark a critical engagement with the notion of self-development within the context of neo-liberal individualism. Three forms of research are employed: written essays, interviews with artists who carry out these projects, and a series of self-imposed regimes documented through video, contracts and photography.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
School for the Contemporary Arts - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)
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