The Artist is Tired: How Partying Fails the Affects from Burnout Society

Gustavo Tomé Garcia

2020-2022

This artistic research does not aim to approach tiredness(es) by putting the responsibility on the individual to find their own time to rest, work out, eat well and meditate. It aims to approach it as what it is: a series of capitalistic methodologies and regulations that are causing exhaustion, depression, anxiety, tiredness(es), exploitation, isolation and more. I claim tiredness(es) as a sociological urgency. This thesis aims to problematize those methodologies and regulations that are causing physical-mental damage, by exposing their operations and giving suggestions on how to subvert them.

In order to do that, I argue the necessity of having an intersectional approach to tiredness(es). As an entry point to it, I asked myself how race, class, gender, autoethnography and neural-disabilities influence one’s experience of tiredne(es) and its roles in performing one’s identities. That said, what I want to suggest in my practice, is a collective effort in trying to fail burnout society; by allowing collective ways of being/performing in the world through joy, humor, lightness, silliness and failure. I do not deny anxiety and exploitation, but they are not the main affects of this practice. In this current thesis The artist is tired: how partying fails the affects from burnout society, I expose those possibilities and use philosophers, sociologists, Disney movies, songs, memes, personal experiments in order to celebrate the uncelebrated and question the unquestioned.

Supervisor: Dr. Nishant Shah
External Mentors: Danilo Patzdorf and Kai Tuchmann

tiredness, anti-capitalistic methodology, identity, pop culture

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