(b. 1970, Lusaka, Zambia).
Using performance, video, installation and text as her media, Carey Young's witty and satirical work explores corporate and legal culture. She takes the language, tools and tactics of business and law, and adapts them to her own ends without losing their original (often absurd) character.
Her first sculptural and mixed-media works were made in collaboration with computer hackers and science fiction writers. Since then, she has worked with business and law professionals such as conflict resolution specialists, venture capitalists, motivation and negotiation skill trainers and call centre agents, directly involving them in her works.
The video 'Everything You've Heard is Wrong' (1999) documents her performance at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London. Here, Young delivers a skills workshop on successful corporate-style communication in a location renowned for entertainment, madness, outrage and, in particular, for religious or political extremism and bombast. 'Speech Acts' (2009) was a series of 'call centre art works' accessed by phones installed in the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis.
Speechcraft is a participatory performance by Carey Young that will see the Hayward Gallery host a regular meeting of the international public speaking club the Toastmasters.
Widely used by people from all walks of life, but especially popular in business, Toastmasters – which the artist joined in July 2007 – is devoted to helping individuals construct their public presence in order to look and sound like 'leaders.' Functioning as a non-hierarchical educative forum, Toastmasters is governed by its own precise format and modes of critique. Members of the audience will be given the opportunity to practice their speech-making using objects from the artist’s studio as a point of departure. Their efforts will then be evaluated by experienced Toastmasters.
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Lecture Theatre
Approximate duration: 2 hours 20 mins.
Please note that filming will take place during this event. By purchasing a ticket you are consenting to being filmed.