What is it to be a man today? #BOMH

Posted on Aug 27, 2015

Is there a 'crisis of masculinity'? Or perhaps the rise in feminism and LGBTQIA rights have left the stereotype of 'man' somewhat at odds with itself?

We're working with artist Mark Storor on The Barometer of My Heart, a two-year project that culminates in carnivalesque, tender and primitive performances from 15 Sept – 4 Oct 2015, on the site of the Olympic games doping centre in Stratford. 

Through creative workshops with men in religious, military, sports and corporate settings, and research with men attending erectile dysfunction clinics*, Mark Storor has carved out a distinctive space for men to talk freely. Inspired by real conversations with these men, The Barometer of My Heart will bring experiences previously kept in the shadows into the light. 

The promenade performances will see award-winning acrobats, performers, musicians and visual artists come together to reimagine what masculinity means in 2015. 

Book your tickets for The Barometer of My Heart here

What we want to know is your answer to the question and any thoughts you might have in response to: What is it to be a man today?

Scroll down to see the responses we had on Twitter. 

Very passionate about this subject? Please email admin@artsadmin.co.uk to get involved in our focus group.

We've started collating relevant links on things we found on the topic....
(To submit your own suggestions to our list, please email selma@artsadmin.co.uk

Movember UK's mental health programme 
'A crisis of masculinity: men are struggling to cope with life' - Telegraph, 19 Nov 2014 

Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn 'Fake it til you make it' 
Southbank Centre's Be a Man festival
Dave Pickering's #ManSurvey ahead of show 'Mansplaining Masculinity'

What it means to 'Be A Man' in Today's World - John Haltiwanger, Elite Daily, 6 March 2015
'Why I'm standing up for men' - Peter Lloyd interview on spiked, 26 Nov 2014

We need to talk about masculinity - Laurie Penny, Guardian, 16 May 2013
Masculinity crisis? What masculinity crisis? - Kirsten Brown, 28 Nov 2014 
Book: Will Self and David Gramble's 'Perfidious Male'

[last updated 8 September 2015]

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Photo by Stephen King.



15 September - 4 October 2015
Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health & Wellbeing Centre

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