September 8 –
September 29, 2018
Adam Linder: Full Service

This is a survey exhibition of all five Choreographic Services by Adam Linder. Dancers are working all day, every day.

Opening reception and performances: Saturday, September 8, 6:30-8:30pm

September Performance Schedule (12 - 6pm every day):

Service 1 = Some Cleaning
Service 2 = Some Proximity
Service 3 = Some Riding
Service 4 = Some Strands of Support
Service 5 = Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism


If you were to hire Some Cleaning (2013), the first Choreographic Service by Adam Linder, a single performer would choreographically clean a gallery space (or any given location). Hiring Some Proximity (2014) involves an art critic and two dancers: in this service, the critic visits nearby exhibitions and makes critical observations and notes on what he or she sees, which are then choreographically interpreted though the voices and movements of the dancers. Some Riding (2015), on the other hand, doesn't reflect its context but reflects itself. You'd be hiring two dancers to read two essays about embodiment and performance economies, as they ride the cadence of the text with dancerly punctuation. In Some Strands of Support (2016), two dancers can be hired to perform haircare on a suitably upright sculpture or statue. Finally, hiring Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism (2017), the fifth and most ambitious choreographic service, would mean that four performers use elaborate costumes with modular forms to create ever-changing ornamental, fictional or dramatic scenarios.

To hire any of these services would come with the cost of paying an hourly wage for it.

The Wattis Institute has hired all five services, giving an overview of Adam Linder’s singular approach to dance and performance. Each one is presented over the course of three weeks, across two galleries. Each service is performed successively, but they also overlap and re-appear in different combinations, creating new hybrids and juxtapositions of bodies and movements.

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For a precise schedule of when each work is performed, refer to the calendar above or click on the dates below:

September 8; September 11 - 15; September 18 - 22; September 25 -28; September 29


Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney, Australia) lives and works in Los Angeles.

The dancers in Full Service are Josh Johnson, Leah Katz, Justin F. Kennedy, Adam Linder, Noha Ramadan, Brooke Stamp, Enrico Ticconi, and Stephen Thompson. The art critics performing in Some Proximity are Michele Carlson and Jonathan P. Watts. The sculpture in Some Strands of Support is by Charlie Leese. The five contracts come with a display device that is designed and made by Shahryar Nashat.

In February 2019, this exhibition travels to Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

This exhibition is curated by Anthony Huberman and organized with Leila Grothe. It is made possible thanks to the generous support from the VIA Art Fund and Kater and Soleio Cuervo, as well as the Wattis Institute’s Leadership Circle and Curator’s Forum. Special thanks to Sabrina Buell and Yves Béhar, Hannah Hoffman, Florie Hutchinson, Charlie Leese, Kok Loong Lye, Shahryar Nashat, Andrea Niederbuchner, and Hamza Walker.

Press:
SF Chronicle, by Claudia Bauer

KQED Arts


Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Two dancers: Brooke Stamp and Leah Katz, Photo: Dustin Soriano
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Two dancers: Brooke Stamp and Leah Katz, Photo: Dustin Soriano
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.1: Some Cleaning," 2013, Duration variable, One dancer: Brooke Stamp, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.1: Some Cleaning," 2013, Duration variable, One dancer: Brooke Stamp, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.3: Some Riding," 2015, Duration Variable, Two dancers: Adam Linder and Leah Katz, Photo: Dustin Soriano
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.3: Some Riding," 2015, Duration Variable, Two dancers: Adam Linder and Leah Katz, Photo: Dustin Soriano
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers: Enrico Ticconi and Adam Linder, Photo: Allie Foraker
Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; "Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity," 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers: Enrico Ticconi and Adam Linder, Photo: Allie Foraker