Imposter Complex @ Method in Madness

September 8, 2012

Last month, Julian Berengut and I performed Impostor Complex as part of Method in Madness, curated by the ever-talented Megan Garrett-Jones. Allegedly common among academics and other high-achievers, impostor complex describes a person’s inability to internalise their accomplishments, resulting in a belief that they are incompetent despite clear evidence of success in their field. Sufferers describe being always ready for a scenario to play out, whereby they will be “outed” or denounced as a fraud in their expert field. In this performance, two sufferers (a scientist and an artist) trade places to deliver a synchronised lecture in their “un-professions” and discover if it gets any easier when you really are incompetent.


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