San Francisco, CA—Monday June 18, 2018—The Wattis Institute launches its 20th anniversary year with the exhibition Adam Linder: Full Service, a survey exhibition of five choreographic works by Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney, Australia; lives and works in Los Angeles). The exhibition is on view at the Wattis Institute from September 8 through September 29, 2018, with performances taking place all day, every day, during open hours. A precise schedule appears below. The opening reception is Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. In February 2019, Adam Linder: Full Service will then travel to Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.
Linder, a classically trained dancer, has performed with the Royal Ballet in London, the Michael Clark Company, and Meg Stuart’s Damaged Goods, among others. He has conceived works for the stage, such as Kein Paradiso, which earned him the prestigious $100,000 Mohn Award at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial exhibition in 2016.
Alongside his stage works, Linder has developed a parallel practice, which he calls Choreographic Services, designed and conceived for working with choreography outside of the theater context, mostly in galleries. In these Choreographic Services, Linder’s material is the body, or perhaps more precisely: that body’s labor. They are a reflection on performance in relation to service-based economies. While none of these works are for sale, they still involve a transaction, with each hosting institution signing a contract that outlines the relationship between the performers (the dancers), the service they provide (the dance), and the cost of their labor (the dancing). The host “hires” the service and pays an hourly wage for it.