Alex Goss

Gathering Dust

Through a one-night endurance performance, Goss will explore the labor of machine and human workers as it is manifested digitally and physically. A freestanding industrial robot arm and the artist perform the futile task of displacing dust throughout an unused retail space in Midtown, Houston. As the duo works their way through the aisles of the venue, theatrical lighting invokes the rowdy plight of the sorcerer’s apprentice from Fantasia. The animation of a lifeless object confronts the viewer to consider the status of persons as operators and machines as tools.