• Adrian Melis, The Making of Forty Rectangular Pieces for a Floor Construction, 2008

The Making of Forty Rectangular Pieces for a Floor Construction is the story of one working day at a Cuban state manufacturing plant. Due to the shortage of necessary production materials, the workers spend their time sitting idly, waiting for the day to end.

The artist examines this all-encompassing lack of sense and motivation, and arranges a situation that is partly ironic and partly paradoxical: he takes advantage of this quiet, “empty” time to breathe some life into the place and the people by creating a kind of “working choir”. From 8am to 5pm the workers, using their bodies (voices and hands), make sounds typical for a factory at work—the noise of concrete mixers, the clatter of spades and wheelbarrows, the drone of trucks—to make it seem like the “forty rectangular pieces for a floor construction” of the title are actually being made.

Year: 2008
Medium: video, DVD, color, stereo
Format: 05:20

Acquisition: purchase
Ownership form: collection
Source: ADN Art Space
Index: MSN: 4300-5/2011
Acquisition date:
Financing source: Purchased with the support of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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