Hadley + Maxwell: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Performance Lecture | 13 November, 2013
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time is a video performance presented in an errant pedagogical mode. Beginning with applause and ending with snoring, the presentation confuses speculation and cartography in an attempt to animate our theatrical relationship to subjectivity. Spirits of both tragic and comedic personae like David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and The Man without Qualities are summoned in support of a dramaturgy that situates each one of us beside ourselves.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time was originally commissioned for the symposium Intangible Economies, curated by Antonia Hirsch for Fillip (fillip.ca/events/intangible-economies), November, 2011.

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada, in 1997, working in a variety of media including video, installation, and sound. Stemming from their commitment to collaboration, their work examines mediation as the threshold of intelligibility between the individual and the social. Often appropriating iconic images and traditional forms as they are expressed in pop-cultural, artistic and political movements, they use comparative strategies between diverse media to engage the relation between private life and public appearance.