2007 | The MBC @ The Museum16 minutes 55 second video
This video shows an edited version of the site-specific live-feed video performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). The performance was confined to a small loft storage area stacked with the supplies and detritus of the museum. The work questions the nature of live performance and viewer expectation; the chosen “stage” inverts the gallery presentation format typically used by MOCAD and other museums, and brings to focus the mundane materials such as a ladder, packing tape, plastic bubble wrap and cardboard sheets and boxes used in the daily business of running a museum.
The ManosBuckius Cooperative | General Statement
The MBC embraces purposelessness! Our aim is to energize a space with our activities, and suggest new interpretations for existing structures both in the social/political and environmental/architectural sense. Formalist aesthetics...patterned yet spontaneous movement...vibrant colors and actions…we are Jacques Tati meets DEVO.
Working as a team, we interact physically with everyday objects and technological devices by using them to perform unconventional, bizarre and highly non- productive tasks. The work proposes that everyday objects and technologies might be reinterpreted in absurd, playful, and strange ways, and that the nature of productivity and function be re-examined. This work questions levels of authority and control: are we in control of technology, our immediate environment, and institutional systems, or is the reverse true?
Our work has included photography, mediated performances (live-feed to video monitor or projector), live performance with projections, videos, video installation with projections, and video installation with sculpture. The MBC is particularly interested in spaces that offer a potential for site-specific work, and we are often drawn to irregular and notably compartmental areas or rooms. We work specifically to the confines of a space, and each space becomes heterotopic through the experience.