A healthy lifestyle. A sensible diet. Extensive exercise. Carefully designed spaces. Individual uniqueness… In recent years it seems that everyone is looking for a “better life.” Pursuing happiness. Looking for comfortable and convenient solutions.

Artist Théo Mercier and dancer choreographer Steven Michel wish to challenge this fashionable trend. Using IKEA’s iconic Kallax shelving unit, they test the company’s declarations of “beauty for all” and “democratic design.” The assembling figure – itself half-furniture half-man – listens to the instructions: The user manual for a better life, instructions that pose important questions about the illusion of freedom.
Michel and Mercier expose the dark and lonely sides of the individual’s life in the age of conglomerates, and in their hands assembly instructions become a wistful song of longing for nature, childhood, and maternal warmth. 

“In Affordable Solution for Better Living artist Théo Mercier and dancer Steven Michel reimagine the challenge of buying flat pack furniture in a performance of unparalleled acerbic humor”. (Les Inrockuptibles, 2018)

In collaboration with workspacebrussels /  Life Long Burning, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Thanks: Actoral – Festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines & Montévidéo, Créations Contemporaines –  Atelier de Fabrique Artistique, le ménagerie de verre, CAMPO, Ghent (Belgium)

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