The Collaboration, 2006
16mm film/DVD
4 min, 8 secs

A 16mm film that, alongside 'The Morning After' (1998) and 'Rise and Fall' (2006), forms a loosely connected trilogy.

'The Collaboration' unfolds at BPH Associates, Architects, a contemporary architect's office. We eavesdrop on an artist and architect as they work late on the design of a sculpture for the plaza of a new high-rise development. There is a sense of resolution as the artist lifts and places a maquette of a large outdoor sculpture into place within the architectural model. Both men move to finish up for the night and leave...

We cut to interior of the bathroom at the architects office. The artist has decided to use the bathroom before leaving and is already standing at a urinal. The architect enters and approaches the adjacent urinal. Neither man is able to urinate. It is a moment of awkwardness, tinkling, random-sounding piano music fades up on the soundtrack. The tension increases, before there is a final concession of defeat and muttered attempts to make light of the situation...


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