Mika Rottenberg, Squeeze, 2010, still from a color video, 20 minutes.

Mika Rottenberg

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Mika Rottenberg, Squeeze, 2010, still from a color video, 20 minutes.

The Rube Goldberg contraption explored in Mika Rottenberg’s video Squeeze, 2010, is simultaneously a single machine, a full-blown factory, and a global system. A literal sweatshop, this jerry-built structure is at once concrete, fantastical, and metaphorical, its ricketiness no contradiction of the grinding realities it indexes. Filmed in part in far-flung locations and in part on an elaborate homemade set, the work describes a peculiar processing plant, its layout ungraspable not just as a space with a certain footprint but as a site on the planet. For one thing, it seems to have portals on different continents, opening directly onto cool rubber-tree groves in India as well as onto the vast, sun-drenched fields of arable America. This Phantom Tollbooth quality is reflected when hands pushed vertically into holes in the earth by workers outside the plant emerge inside it,

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