Katy Baird

A woman sits in a bin store, flanked by heart shaped balloons. She wears a party dress and a non-plussed expression


What gives us pleasure? And what is 'too much'?

The human brain registers all pleasures in a similar way - be it a delicious meal, a sexual
thrill, a recreational substance or those little hearts on Instagram. But in our hyper-capitalist world, when we dabble with excess we become ‘bad consumers’ who have no self-control and are solely to blame for our unrestrained desire for more.

This residency develops Get-Off, a work which will look at the structural frameworks in society that regulate ideas around excessive desire and consumption. It will explore how much autonomy we have in where we seek it - and, ultimately, who benefits.

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Photo: Jemma Mickleburgh