Have you ever turned up drunk to a keynote discussion panel at the most important event of the year in your industry?
If you have, you are not alone.
Self-styled bad girl of the ‘90s British art scene, Tracey Emin, turned up to a live television debate slightly worse for wear after attending the 1997 Turner Prize awards dinner.
As art world notables Roger Scruton and Waldemar Januszczak aired their views on contemporary art in a Channel 4 discussion that was chaired by the critic Tim Marlow, the other guests in attendance namely: Richard Cork of the Times, critic and curator David Sylvester and Norman Rosenthal, the exhibitions secretary of the Royal Academy, all struggled to make their views heard over Emin’s sozzled soliloquies.
As Emin pointed an accusatory finger that was wrapped in a splint around the panel, she furiously fiddled with her microphone and announced: “Are they really real people in England watching this programme now, they really watching, really watching it?… They’re 25 minutes behind us, think about that…how many artists are here from that show Sensation, I want to be with my friends. I’m drunk. I want to phone my mum. She’s going to be embarrassed by this conversation. I don’t care. I don’t give a f*** about it.”
Emin announced several times during the discussion that she was going to leave the panel and go back to her friends whilst the other participants in the debate did their utmost to ignore her interruptions.
Emin eventually declared that the group had “lost her” and said, “I want to leave. I’ve got to go somewhere. I’m going to leave now. Don’t you understand? I want to be free. Get this f***ing mike off,” before stumbling noisily out of the studio.
Have a look at the clip below and ask yourself if you would go on to win the most coveted award that your industry has to offer after turning up to a debate panel completely out of your mind. It’s fair to say that you might need to do more than show people your unmade bed to win back your reputation like Tracey Emin did.