A day-long performance at the MOCAD (Detroit, MI), November 15, 2015, in conjunction with Canadian Residency, www.canadianresidency.us
Detroit is often put forward as the textbook example of a North American shrinking city. In Rightsized Limo, a small crew attempted to graft the sort of contraction that city planners discuss onto a stretched limousine, excising the middle section and welding the front and back together again to approximate its original sedan form. Through this streamlining process, an oversized, inefficient car was made more agile, but at the expense of a large section that will no longer be along for the ride so to speak. The performance memorialized what was sacrificed, setting aside and elevating the immobilized shell. At the same time the untethered section contained the possibility of being repurposed, charged with a new kind of potential of its own.
The process itself was fraught with problems that had to be addressed in the moment, collaboratively, resourcefully, creatively. The performance highlighted the make-do solutions that happen on the spot, especially when trying to overcome obstacles that accompany an absurd task. Crew members were figuratively and literally putting out fires throughout six hours of publically figuring out the process.
A free "New Car Scent" air freshener multiple was given away at the event, edition of 250, published by Peter Rozek/Canadian Residency.