Lois Weaver’s Study Room Guide, Know-how, explores the possibilities of Live Art practices and methodologies in working with older people.
“Know-how is accumulated knowledge. It is acquired over time and tempered by experience. Know-how is often second nature, instinctual. It is buried deep and surfaces in that necessary moment when we need to know, when we need to act, when we need to know how to act. Know-how is one of the gifts of growing old.”
The guide is divided into four sections: on how to count, how to embrace, how to show up and how to connect.
Each section includes brief profiles of artists or artist led groups whose work in some ways reflect these particular know-hows. There is also an invited guest artist, activist or academic for reach section who has contributed their own suggested reading and viewing. Many of these resources have now been added to the Study Room and others have been shared at the back of this guide as web links. When possible Lois also stopped long enough for a conversation and added some fragments and images of artist’s work to encourage readers to look further.
During her residency, Lois also produced a Action Recipes – a series of Live Art strategies for working with older individuals and communities.
Lois Weaver’s residency formed part of LADA’s Restock, Rethink, Reflect 4: on Live Art and Cultural Privilege. RRR is an ongoing series mapping and marking underrepresented artists, practices and histories, whilst also supporting future generations. Following RRR projects on Race (2006-08), Disability (2009-12), and Feminism (2013 -15). RRR4 (2016-18) is looking at the ways in which Live Art has developed new forms of access, knowledge, agency, and inclusion in relation to the disempowered constituencies of the young, the old, the displaced, and those excluded through social and economic barriers.
The residency was also part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a transnational programme funded by the European Union focusing on collaborative practices with the aim of engaging new participants and enhancing mobility and exchange for artists.
Banner image credit:
Illustration by David Caines.
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