Mocrep is a collective creating radically experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative performance. Comprising 11 performers, our practice takes sociality as its starting point; our work is predicated on an investment in our relationships with each other, our collaborators, and our communities.
Mocrep blurs and blends disciplines, often calling into question the validity of discipline itself as an organizing principle for art and arts communities. Equal parts music, performance art, video art, and movement, the ambiguity in our varied and fluid practice reflects the complexity of our culture and our relationships.Our work subverts the rigid structures that circumscribe relations among artists and commodify the products of their labor, creating new frameworks for communication between artists, audiences, material, and virtuosity.
Our process is political. A fundamental principle in our work is nonhierarchy, and we use this to guide our collaborations and the structure of the ensemble itself. All ensemble decisions are achieved unanimously, and we hold weekly meetings to discuss ensemble goals and issues. This is both a performance of our ideal hyper-local politics, and a statement about the viability of alternatives to oppressive, majoritarian structures.
Through a focus on relationships, Mocrep explores the sociopolitical possibilities of making: how do the relationships that surround art-making constitute the art itself? How does the energy of a work of performance change when it is collaboratively devised, when it has rigid rules, when it can't be rehearsed? We aim to make work that opens up these possibilities and explores what it means (and what it could mean) to make art in and with a community.
Its cultural partners in Chicago include Goethe-Institut Chicago, Lumpen Radio, Illinois Humanities Council, Parlour Tapes+, High Concept Laboratories, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ensemble Dal Niente. Mocrep has held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago and dfbrl8r performance art gallery, and Stanford University.