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Collaborative Concepts,
New York, USA

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Photo: "Drainage Room" with "Life Support," "Mouth Video" and pipes carrying steel ball bearings around the room

Drainage relates to the energy expended in the act of desire. This drainage process can only exist as long as there is some source that feeds the system at a rate that equals the rate of depletion over time. The process is insatiable and self-fulfilling.

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In the Drainage room, the walls and ceiling are covered with aluminum flashing and the floor is carpeted with imitation turf. A continuous complex of white metal drainage pipes horizontally line three walls of the space, winding downward in a constant slant. Steel ball bearings placed into the mouth of the pipe travel through the pipes for over a minute, creating a rich aural experience.

A monitor plays a video of a dog performing tricks for kibbles dispensed through a drain pipe. Another monitor displays a close-up of an open mouth saying, “Aaaahhhhh.” The voice has been time expanded and layered to create a chant-like drone.

In Life Support, a system of pipes recycle water from a bucket. The water comes out of three open pipes at the top of a white Adirondack chair, and flows back through a set of pipes.

Drainage relates to the energy expended in the act of desire. If the seeking of pleasure is assumed to be a factual human disposition, it seems logical that the gratification of desire, or the hope of future gratification is worth the effort of achieving it. But is there a hierarchy of pleasures that dictates our behavior? Can intellectual fulfillment be equated with lust or hunger? Is sensory stimulation an end in itself? Are pleasures quantifiable or measurable? Is our hunger as human beings any different from that of a dog?

As individuals and as a society we are under constant forces of psychological, emotional, and physical depletion. We are drained by our desires, hopes and needs. Our resources and energies dwindle. Yet this drainage process can only exist as long as there is some source that feeds the system at a rate that equals the rate of depletion over time. The process is insatiable and self-fulfilling.