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From a Drip to a Speak and Back Again
Bercowetz / Bua 2006
University Museum at Albany, NY
Who Would Win between Drip Man and Speaker Man? Someone recently asked.
On the other hand if the human race successfully exterminates itself first.
But as for a cartoon like small-scale Rock’em Sock’em bout, Drip Man would probably have little problem spooging all over and shorting out poor Speaker Man.
The space under the staircase and the trap door with a lift into the basement’s tunnel system are the kind of locations that are usually not considered conducive to exhibiting art but more for storing away items that one does not want others to see. For us this was a great opportunity to build an interior addition to the museum. While opening up a slew metaphors. Stories of creation and destruction of humanity combined with the control room of a mad man whether Bin Ladin in his “cave fortress” or Giuliani in WTC 7. Fiction and reality collide information is dismembered, reconfigured and sloppily stored away.
The staircase begins to de-construct or rather is consumed by the bulging- vibrating structure.
The stair case, proactive, divides the piece. To the right: the beginning of man, whether Big Bang, Creationism, Intelligent Design, Darwinism or Catastrophic Evolution. In this scenario it all begins with a drip, the green side is inhabited by drip men, spewing and multiplying… You can enter the organic growth as if your body is lancing a boil or a goiter that has sprouted from the architecture of the building. On the interior sludge, oil, blood, excrement, placenta course though the circulatory system of the piece. Bruno Bozzetto’s -Allegro Non Troppo- Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet plays on a near by monitor.
To the left you see the past present technology. It appears in the form of live sound and radio manipulation telegraphed to speakers towering up the exterior where speaker man sits. His magnetism pulling all the discarded technology his way.
Daniel Hopsicker's interview with Amanda Keller can be seen and heard describing her relationship to Mohammad Atta, while the unexplained 911 incident is re-evaluated. There are many unanswered questions. Does Al-Qaeda really exist? What kind of disco is
You hear the story of both Drip Man and Speaker Man as performed by world-renowned song poet David Fox. Along with the philosophical murmurings of Sontag, Baudrillard, and Virilio mix with the voice of WTC lease holder Daniel Silverstein to create a sound scape of uncertainty, deception, naïve fear, intellectual oblivion and strategically controlled chaos.
Bridging the two polarities is a viewing station. You can get a glimps of the under world- the bowels of the museum, smoke rises and the rock of many faces hovers suspended over a pile of body parts. The last remains of humanity- history repeats and as the speakers and the drips pile up so do the body parts all is well, all is normal during the time of Drip Man and Speaker Man.
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