The Box, a performance, the Controller preparing to spray the Main Cocktail Machine, The Assistant to the Future observing, 1980 . See Films
The Box: General view of the Installation, the Prawn Cocktail, the Egg laying Prawn and the Main Cocktail Machine, the two Controller’s apparatus leaning against the far wall, prior to a performance. 1981.
The Box: The Assistant to the Future taking a libation from the Queens Prawn. 1980.
The Box: The Assistant to the Future taking a libation from the Queens Prawn. 1981.
The Box: Cocktail machine, the Queen’s Eggs and new growth appearing, 1980.
The Box: The Main Cocktail machine in full operation after a liberal dose of gas off the Controller. 1980.
The Box: the dance deteriorating; as the supplies diminish, the Queen exhales her last gases.1980.
The Box: A new regime the Controller by-passing the Queen in a move of independence.1980.
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ABOUT THE BOX (1979 - 1980)
The Box is an inquiry into the mythological and ritualistic activities of captivated royalty. It is a Queen’s domain governed by compressed air and machinery triggered by a Controller and an “Assistant to the future”. Two large prawns are present: one is directly linked to the Queen and lays Eggs on command; the second Prawn produces cocktails. The Queen relies entirely on the Controller and the “Assistant to the future” for her production of eggs and only manages this delicate transmission by receiving cocktails from a machine sensitive to Carbon Dioxide which only the Controller is in a position to activate. The Box only existed as a performance and much of its quality relied on the exact execution and deterioration of the square dance which eventually opened up the possibility for its ultimate breakdown.