This is an excerpt of a recent work-in-progress performance at Mass MoCA.
Time and Motion Study takes as inspiration technological culture of the 1920s and 1930s, when Muzak was first pumped over telephone lines to bolster worker productivity. In a large arena somewhere between a factory, an office, and a Wagnerian opera, eight performers sing, lip-synch, bricklay, and shovel, coordinating their movements precisely with a dense electronic maquette of sound effects, song fragments, and recorded text. Time and Motion Study sonically traces the history of background music, deconstructing how it has seeped into modern U.S. culture and influenced daily work rituals.
Performers Are Genevieve Belleveau, Abby Nessen Bengson, Michael Chinworth, Corey Dargel, Emily Eagen, Laryssa Husiak, Jeremy Lydic, Ricardo Vazquez