DAILY LIFE: The World’s Most Boring Show

In “DAILY LIFE: The World’s Most Boring Show” we zoom in on everyday routines and rituals with the help of 25 feminist and socially critical fluxus scores from the 1960s till today. Together with the audience, we get up, brush our teeth and dry our hair, get dressed and go through a completely normal everyday life, while we ask ourselves what the difference between art and reality really is? When you notice small things, you also notice the differences and that there is no one right way to do things. The important thing is to think about how you want to do something and why.

The performance is based on over 25 works by renowned international artists, which we recreate live together with the audience. Both adults and children are invited on stage to eat apples, talk about their shoes, or create paintings with jam and cola.

“I am an artist. I am a woman. I am married. I have a child. I wash clothes, clean, cook, mend clothes, care, look after, and so on. And I create art whenever I can find the time. Therefore, I will now take all this daily maintenance and rename it ART. I will come here every day and do all the things I usually do at home. I will sweep, wash the floor, wipe everything down, cook, invite people for dinner, clean, tidy up, and change the light bulbs.”

(Text from the performance, from Mierle Ukeles: Maintenance Manifesto)

Daily Life is an interactive performance for people aged around 5 and up. This performance is the third in the trilogy following “50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)” and “KABOOM – The Art of Destruction”.

Premiere in May 2024 at Teater Zebu (May 4 & 5) and has since been performed at Kunsthal 6100 (May 16), Kunsthal Nord (May 18), and Læsø Kunsthal (May 19).

“Daily Life – The World’s Most Boring Performance” is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and lasts 45 minutes.

Concept and performance: Ellen Friis and Henrik Vestergaard

Consultants: Daniel Norback and Lars Vind-Andersen

See the list of the 25 works included in the spring 2024 performance here: