Public IRL viewing hours Wednesday, June 13 from 3:30-6:30pm
Work Week is a six-day performance by Chicago-based collective Mocrep. Through a continuous, week-long ritual conducted without clocks or alarms, members of Mocrep strip the work week of the time-units at the heart of its value. Instead, performers measure time through a process of witnessing the total inventory of their environment. The group accounts for every thread in a couch cushion, every grain of soil in a patch of sod, every particle of wood in a fiberboard bookcase. By exhaustively taking stock in this way, members of Mocrep measure the passage of time through the substance of these everyday objects. Simultaneously, the approach exposes the realities of these materials—the matter, histories, labors, and meanings of them which capitalism has violently repressed. Ultimately, the work proposes an alternative to conventional exchange in which time and attention are traded for understanding, enrichment, intimacy, and care.
Work Week begins promptly on Monday morning, June 11, and ends at 5:00 pm sharp on Friday, June 15. Live streaming begins on Sunday, June 10, as performers spend a day preparing for the week’s work.
Performers are: Deidre Huckabay, Lia Kohl, Nick Meryhew, Andrew Tham, and Ryan Zerna.
The performance is continuously available to view online.
Work Week is generously supported through a weeklong summer residency at High Concept Labs. Mocrep thanks Comfort Station Logan Square for providing the opportunity to produce a work-in-progress performance during the May 2018 Force and Motion performance festival.
Mocrep is a collective creating radically experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative performance. Comprising 13 performers, our practice takes sociality as its starting point; our work is predicated on an investment in our relationships with each other, our collaborators, and our communities.
Mocrep blurs and blends disciplines, often calling into question the validity of discipline itself as an organizing principle for art and arts communities. Equal parts music, performance art, video art, and movement, the ambiguity in our varied and fluid practice reflects the complexity of our culture and our relationships. Our work subverts the rigid structures that circumscribe relations among artists and commodify the products of their labor, creating new frameworks for communication between artists, audiences, material, and virtuosity.
Mocrep has presented work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Arts Club of Chicago, and was one of three ensembles to be invited to the prestigious Ferienkurse fuer Neue Musik Darmstadt in 2016. Its cultural partners in Chicago include Goethe-Institut Chicago, Lumpen Radio, Illinois Humanities Council, Parlour Tapes+, High Concept Laboratories, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ensemble Dal Niente. Mocrep has held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago and dfbrl8r performance art gallery, and undertakes a residency at Stanford University in 2018.