Public Selfcare System

First performed at Tempting Failure in London, 23 July 2016. Also performed at the Dublin Live Art Festival, SPILL Festival in Ipswich, and Compass Festival in Leeds.

Public Selfcare System is a one-to-one performance, a tandem jump into the unknown, direct action, and a masterclass in self-care and the radical act of stopping.

I am an expert in resting in public thanks to a neurological condition that forces me to lie down wherever I happen to be, and stay there until I am well enough to get up again. In order to carry on living we may all have to learn to stop in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, and rest. Get ahead of the curve, get your training in now.

“Come with me to a place you may have seen, walked past, but never been to. We are going to lie down and have a rest: I will look out for you and look after you. You have right to be here, you have a right to do this. We can do it together.”

Rhiannon’s feature for Exeunt based on the work.

Public Selfcare System is supported by Arts Council England.

Images below are by Julia Bauer and document the performance at Tempting Failure in Croydon, London.