Dates and Times
Tue 03 Nov 2015 to Wed 04 Nov 2015 at 9pm
Presented by Sonderclap
Part of 'Fitter Happier More Productive': a selection of cutting-edge artists respond to the cult of self-betterment, and explore how it feels to be imperfect in its shadow.
‘Am I happy? I can’t say immediately, with assurance that I am. And when you’re not sure about something, when you hesitate, even if afterwards you decide, that yes, I am fine – that hesitation is telling – it proved that you weren’t certain, so therefore it must lead to the conclusion that there is something internal, unconscious, inside of you, trying to tell you that actually no – you are not happy. That must mean I am not happy.’
Happiness surveys are the new big thing. Put down the self-help book and stop crying into your cornflakes – it’s time to talk about you. Asking questions such as can we be unhappy but still healthy or is health all about happiness? And to what extent should we all be left to get on with our misery without the internet asking how we’re holding up every day?
Overwhelmed by the feeling that although life may be getting better, everyone is actually getting unhappier, Katie Jackson set out to work out why this was. She circulated surveys, looked at graphs, read books, and asked people how they felt. She didn’t get very many answers. This piece is a reaction to the unhappy generation, striving to be better without really knowing what is wrong. Delving into individuals' lives, Are You Happy Now? takes modern notions of happiness and pokes them with a stick.