How do artists evaluate themselves?
The Free Evaluation Service is a performance/service offered to artists, which has so far been taken up by around 40 people. The 90-minute encounter between service provider (Lucy Kimbell) and participant is both private (like psychoanalysis, the contents are not disclosed to others) and public (it is staged somewhere corporate such as the foyer of a corporation). During the service, artists create a visual ‘dashboard’ of dials which have some meaning for them - things they want to keep an eye on such as indicators of success or wellbeing. Lucy’s role is to set up this process, not to give advice. The service becomes reflexive through the conversations during it and the ways its outputs are disseminated.
The resulting personal dashboard is kept by the artist. Lucy keeps copies of the dials and is assembling them in the Free Evaluation Service toolkit, an early version of which is available on the left hand side.
Free Evaluation Service
The Free Evaluation Service was originally offered to artists through the Live Art Development Agency’s DIY2 programme. It was then included in the exhibition ‘What Business Are You In?’ at the Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2005, curated by Helena Reckitt.
Download the draft Free Evaluation Service toolkit FES_toolkit_jan05.pdf (PDF, 9MB).