How to Disappear, 2020
site-specific installation, mh PROJECT, NYC
modified office cubicle walls, blinds, vinyl, plant, print mounted on gatorboard, perforated sheetmetal
Sandra Erbacher’s How to Disappear is a site-specific response to mh PROJECT’s former life as an office space. Erbacher’s interdisciplinary practice explores the open-plan office as an architectural space marked by the continuous operation of disciplinary power. In the contemporary workplace, an open, fluid arrangement of furniture and dispersed lighting is designed to facilitate continuous surveillance, while the study of ergonomics harnesses the body as an object of knowledge that is manipulated, used, transformed, and improved so that its efficiency and economical usefulness can be maximized.How to Disappear attempts to envision symbolic strategies of resistance to the field of surveillance and disciplinary control in the workplace.