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Constructions I – IV

Multi-channel digital video and audio installation

Commissioned by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Lincoln, Massachusett for their exhibit Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art September 18–December 31, 2011.

For Temporary Structures, robbinschilds created site-reactive videos/movement pieces, Constructions I-IV, in response to the deCordova Museum building's character and form – itself a strange hybrid of old and new architecture. As such, the building became their score or set of instructions as they created specific choreography for three particular spaces: the large, open Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery; the book-lined DeNormandie Library; and a small, well-lit window gallery at the end of the fourth-floor hallway. Working from their sensibility of heightened or "extra-pedestrian" movement, robbinschilds performs what we in fact do each and every day – adjust our bodies to our given spaces – making clear the physical and energetic relationship between our bodies and architectural spaces.

Following the logic of site-reactive work, Constructions I, II, III, IV change in character and content in each given space. In the large exhibition gallery, the Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery, the artists choreographed their movements for the camera – setting up a static frame and creating a series of improvisational explorations within those set borders. robbinschilds worked in the gallery mid-construction as the museum deinstalled an exhibition, tapping into the transformative process the gallery takes from one temporary exhibition to the next. In the DeNormandie Library, a drastically smaller and more intimate space, the artists shifted from the Linde Gallery's more pedestrian movement – actions based on basic, everyday gestures – to a more formal dance vocabulary in response to the nature of a room surrounded by books and designed as a meeting space. And finally, in the even smaller fourth-floor gallery space, robbinschilds set up an instructional piece in which each artist created movement language as a set of directives in response to the details of the room – a large window, a door, low ceilings, etc – that the other then interpreted through their own movement. These same scores are made audible for deCordova visitors as a sound work, culminating in a participatory piece in which we are asked to behave, move, and think about this tiny gallery less as a space and more as a stage." –Dina Deitsch, Curator Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art