“We abide by cultural directives that urge us: clarify each thought, each experience, so you can cull from them their single, dominant meaning and, in the process, become a responsible adult who knows what he or she thinks.”
Richard Foreman, quoted in The Art of Cruelty, Maggie Nelson
Commitment Phobe is a new performance project that will explore (and celebrate) multiplicity, inconsistency, ambiguity, and doubt, amongst other things. It is a response to a perceived social and cultural demand for the clear, the certain, and the consistent – ways that we are taught it is worthwhile and understandable for a person to be. And to the seeming necessity to take strong, unambiguous, personal and political positions, along binary lines.
How can we conceive of doubt as a tool? How can we value ambiguity without making ourselves powerless? Commitment Phobe will be an experiment in not knowing, in keeping moving, and in what it might mean to not ‘take a position’ as a political choice.
The first development period took place supported by Frascati Amsterdam, February – March 2020, for their Fraslab programme. Updates on further development coming soon.