Marco Zero, 2007
MARCO ZERO [ZERO LANDMARK]
Museu de Arte Moderna, Recife, Brasil | performance | 40’ | bricklayers, bricks, cement, scaffold, calcareous rock, wheelbarrow, tools, food
5 bricklayers are in charge of demolishing a construction – a solid and closed room, built by the same men, in the center of the exhibition space. The sides of this room reproduce, in an inverted way, the walls of the gallery; the roof mirrors the architecture of the place. Inside the room there is a calcareous rock (commonly used in constructions of the region) that is isolated in the center of a scaffold. The workmen occupy the space by hanging their clothes, taking their tools out of boxes and marking some spots on the walls to begin the demolition. The walls are destroyed revealing the scaffold that surrounds the monolith and showing a kind of inverted sculpture. The workmen rest. Some lie down on the floor, others have lunch close to the wall, another one turns on a small radio. The group starts working again by disassembling the scaffold in order to take out the stone. They leave the room taking it in a wheelbarrow. They walk on the street towards a bridge where the rock is thrown into the water.