‘We are for you because we are against them’ invites the public to take on the role of voyeur, and observe an elaborately staged dinner party. Eight diners will participate in this public gesture which combines both elements of the uncanny and absurd. A normally private dinner party becomes the object of the public gaze. Notions of ‘we’, ‘them’ and ‘other’ shift across the registers of both the personal and political.
Inspired by the child’s ‘weeble’ toy marketed during the 1970’s with the slogan “weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”, this work highlighted central concerns of the artist’s practice around issues of control and power and how we assert and relinquish both. A sense of the absurd coupled with what the artist terms her “tendency towards dangerous behaviour” is evident in the work, where power shifted uncomfortably from the artist to the spectators in the gallery, who were invited to interact with the piece.
Eight lucky diners will have the chance to participate in this unique dining experience. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis, and participants receive a three course meal and beverages.
Diners should arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
This performance takes place as part of Be The Change: An Edwardian Tearoom Late at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.