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Eve sussman, simon lee
No Food No Money No Jewels
Video | 4k | color | 9'38'' | USA | 2014
Dialogue is sourced from historical recordings by notorious public figures and performed verbatim within a fictitious factory setting. Problems infiltrate the water factory and life’s ambitions and problems come into play: food must be procured, water is wasted, a worker disappears and another, a mysterious woman –– a provocateur? a spy?––appears, loyalty is questioned, everyone is suspected, the break-room in the factory morphs into a courtroom where eventually everyone pleads the 5th… The public figures (Princess Diana, LBJ, Charlie Watts, John DeLorean, Marcel Marceau, Janice Joplin, Lance Loud and Jimmy Hoffa among many others) remain largely unidentified in NO FOOD NO MONEY NO JEWELS but their spoken characteristics fuel the piece using the themes that emerge from the source texts. Individual notions of labor and economy, conflicting work ethics and responsibility for commodity are addressed through the monologues’ repeated motifs of accusation, denial, betrayal, accountability, implications of guilt and fear mongering.
Eve Sussman is a Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker who works independently and collectively with her partner Simon Lee and Rufus Corporation, founded in 2003. Along with Rape of the Sabine Women, and 89 Seconds at Alcázar, that debuted at the Whitney Biennial, the company has collaborated on other projects including Yuri’s Office, and whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir . Rufus Corporation’s works have been exhibited and screened internationally and are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Margulies Collection, Miami; Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona; and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Simon Lee works in photography, video and installation. His work is said to often be “a powerful metaphor for the random flow of history and a low tech formal tour de force” (Holland Cotter, New York Times). His 2010 film collaboration with Algis Kizys, Where is the Black Beast? (2010) was shown at the Sagamore Collection in Miami, Zebra Poetry Film Festival Berlin, IFC Center in New York, and was an official selection at the 2011 Rotterdam Film Festival. Together with Sussman, he co-founded the “Wallabout Oyster Theater,” a micro-theater space run out of their studios in Brooklyn. Lee has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Berkshire Museum, MA; Roebling Hall, New York; the Moscow International Film Festival; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal; Poznan Biennale, Poland; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland; Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, France; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In addition to founding the Wallabout Oyster Theatre, Lee + Sussman have been producing for Jack+Leigh Ruby, to ex-con artists who are now directing videos including: Car Wash Incident