Higher Ground

Hillerbrand+Magsamen
    2016 5th place

In the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon,” the artists Hillerband+Magsamen with their children embark on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their Houston, Texas suburban home. This quirky and seemingly impossible task created out of cut up couches, duct- tape, Amazon boxes and pots and pans turns out to be not only achievable, but also believable. As the artist and their children pull apart and rummage around their home to build a spaceship, this cinematic odyssey references both the creativity and futility of the “American” experience. From backyard wrestling to big box store escapism the work creates a Beckettian theme echoing phrase 'can't go on...must go on'.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: High Definition Video
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: variable

About Hillerbrand+Magsamen

The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus”. Often including their two children in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life.