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Black Box: Superflex

August 9, 2010 – November 28, 2010

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: Lower Level

The Black Box theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.

August 9, 2010-November 28, 2010
Since 1993, Superflex, the Copenhagen and Rio-based art collective -- members include Jakob Fenger (b. 1968, Roskilde, Denmark), Rasmus Nielsen (b. 1969, Hjoerring, Denmark), and Bjornstjerne Reuter Christiansen (b. 1969, Copenhagen, Denmark) -- has used social intervention to call attention to such issues as democratization, environmentalism, and consumerism.

Flooded McDonald's (2009, 21 min): In this film, Superflex artists meticulously reconstructed a true-to-scale replica of an actual restaurant that slowly fills with water. The film is not a commentary about the multinational company as much as it is the incorporation of a ubiquitous setting that signifies different things to different people. The artists borrow cinematic vocabulary used in documentaries, ads, and disaster films to propose a suspenseful, ambiguous drama. For whatever reason, patrons and staff have all left the restaurant's premises, leaving viewers alone to watch, think, and speculate.