How to Shop
Bobby Baker live production made in collaboration with Polona Boloh Brown
LIFT Festival ‘93, London
Taking the form of an illustrated lecture on how to undertake a spiritual journey as part of a trip to the supermarket, this multi-media show incorporated both live performance and pre-recorded film material. Assuming the role of ‘Expert Shopper’, Bobby Baker imparted theories on the significance of shopping in contemporary culture, providing practical demonstrations. These included time-saving trolley techniques and teaching seven easy-to-follow spiritual values in order to master the art of successful supermarket shopping. Baker illustrated the virtues through scenes of piano-playing, dancing, cooking, and filmed sequences.
Co-Director: Polona Baloh Brown
Commissioners: LIFT ’93, London and Arnolfini, Bristol
Funder: Arts Council England
Film: Toby Oakes and Carole Lamond
Producer: Steve Wald
How to Shop is the second work in the ‘Daily Life Series’, which comprises five performances that span the decade between 1991 to 2001. Other works include: Kitchen Show (1991), Take a Peek! (1995), Grown-up School(1999), and Box Story (2001).