“Work Week” is a collaboratively devised, durational work in which Mocrep exposes and attempts to repair the violation of time inherent in capitalism. For an uninterrupted week, we live inside a gallery, performance hall, or public space, working steadily to paint, then disassemble a collection of everyday objects. Over time, we expose materials that were previously hidden inside the original tableau—foam, thread, fabric, plastic, nails, staples, wood, wicker—and catalogue them in a display of profound intimacy and care. Both an explicit critique of capitalism and a silent, slowly unfolding ritual, “Work Week” achieves a powerfully moving equilibrium between protest and peace. By turns loud and silent, expressive and stoic, confrontational and contemplative, it echoes both an occupation and a meditation retreat.
Audiences can interact with “Work Week” by viewing a continuous live stream available online and via social media. We arrange multiple cameras in the space and broadcast the performance 24/7. Camera angles are curated to expand viewers’ perspectives on the performance and its materials. “Work Week” enables audiences to experience a new feeling of the passage of time in their own lives. Viewers have described the sensation of recalling that the performance was ongoing, sometimes without having to tune in. These participants reported that their own daily routines and obligations took on a new meaning when they felt aware that somewhere, inside a remote performance, time had been moving in a powerfully different way.