Happiness Coaching

Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon

Tours, performances, books


In a ruined world…

Dark Systems Tours proposes to explore the latest methods of "happiness" coaching and the problems of positive psychology in the context of the current environmental crisis. It seems necessary to question whether these methods of learning happiness are invisible, as an ideology of amnesia that blinds us to the current environmental destruction?

Between the seminar and the performance, we propose practical exercises in order to experiment together with the latest methods of research on happiness in terms of coaching and artificial intelligence. The conference will be illustrated with clips from films on the history of positive psychology, the ideologies of the New Age movements and their influence in the field of marketing / greenwashing (with reference to our projects Nogo Voyages, LOPH laboratory, World Brain, Institute of Neoteny, The Cult of Stock, The Amnesia of Images and The Story of the Swimming Noodle Pool).

Although the concept of happiness is floating, ephemeral and non-quantifiable in nature, today it is the subject of a permanent injunction. If it's too difficult to achieve, various technologies of compulsory happiness produce a background that automatically adds to our existences and reformats them to approach the idealized version of stock images and background music. It's life on a green screen.

Happiness Coaching is interested in the various processes involved in making positive thinking concrete and tangible. Smile-making methods can be direct and injunctive ("Say cheese!"), medical (cosmetic surgery, which literally solidifies the smile on the face), simulational (artificial intelligence), or all three simultaneously.


Dark Systems Tour, lecture-performance, as part of TigrOU, Poetry as intellectual technology: a collective writing, 6 April 2023 https://www.tigrou.art/