The Ten Cognitive Distortions is a photocopied poster edition derived from a handout given to me by my therapist Maria. The original appears to have been photocopied (and possibly even faxed) several times before I received it. I recognize that most (if not all) people ‘distort‘ their thinking in regards to perceived difficulties, inadequacies, and failures in life. Upon scanning, sending, printing and circulating amongst LIDS members, we have each continued to performatively copy the handout for our own use and distribution. Each poster is an original photocopy which is made from the previous copy as an open edition until the text becomes unreadable.
The Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely-knit society of then-unemployed cultural workers, not-working, but still bustin’ ass within artist-run culture. Their activities made visible and politicized women’s roles in the arts economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. LIDS core members have held positions as maids, waitresses, professors, park rangers, parliamentary pages, homeopathic practitioners, and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They announced their intentions to DO LESS in a series of works produced between 2012 and 2014, and to withdraw from art-making at the Calgary Biennial 2015. After a decade of non-activity, they will officially it quits in 2016 with the publication of their last work: the REFUSAL READER. LIDS was Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw.