The Tiger's Mind was developed as part of a publishing project initiated by Gibson and Will Holder in 2010. It employed a 1967 score of the same name by British composer Cornelius Cardew as a means for producing and documenting speech.
A group of practitioners (John Tilbury, Jesse Ash, Beatrice Gibson, Alex Waterman, Céline Condorelli and Will Holder) took part in a series of week-long character driven conversations, set up by Gibson and Holder and hosted in turn by Serpentine Gallery, London, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Kunstverein, Amsterdam and CAC Brétigny. After the final conversation at CAC Brétigny, the project shifted away from the verbal to being a collective framework for a film's production.
The Showroom and CAC Brétigny commissioned Beatrice Gibson to make the film in 2012 and it premiered at the BFI the same year. It was exhibited at The Showroom between 14 November 2012 – 19 January 2013, before touring to Pavilion, Leeds, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm and CAC Brétigny, with the film reiterated differently at each institution.
The exhibition at The Showroom was accompanied by a series of events including a concert by AMM (John Tilbury and Eddie Prevost).
A publication, also titled The Tiger's Mind, edited and produced by Holder, and documenting the process of the project, was published by Sternberg Press in 2012.
Holder also produced a limited edition, The Tiger's Mind Score.
The Tiger's Mind has been screened at many international festivals and venues and it won the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival Tiger Award.
The Tiger’s Mind was co-commissioned by The Showroom and CAC Brétigny, and produced in partnership with Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm and Somesuch & Co.
The exhibition was supported by Pavilion, Leeds, Kunstverein, Amsterdam (with support from Straat van Sculpturen) and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
The film was supported by Fluxus, a Franco-British Fund for Contemporary Art, Arts Council England, Outset Contemporary Art Fund as The Showroom’s Production Partner 2012, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm and CAC Brétigny.
The project was realised in the framework of COHAB, a two-year project initiated by The Showroom, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, supported by a Cooperation Measures grant from the European Commission Culture 2007–2013.