Date/Time: 09/05/2008 12:00 am
6.30pm, Friday May 9, NY Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10036
Speechcraft is London-based Carey Young’s debut public performance in the U.S. It features a meeting of the international public speaking club Toastmasters, presented as a readymade performative situation which the artist will adapt by inserting her own subject matter. Toastmasters aims to help people from all walks of life to construct their public presence so that they look and sound like ‘leaders’. Young will ask each speaker to address objects from her studio which she finds artistically inspiring. As with every Toastmaster meeting, the resulting speeches will be judged and evaluated in a cycle of inspiration, review and reward. Speechcraft intends to question the relationships between art, artists and the public by presenting Toastmasters as a kind of alternative space of creativity, interpretation, ritual and critique.