Flash Flashback, 10-12: Trickland — Macras Turns Clichés into Art

By  and copyright Angharad Davies

(Originally published February 7, 2008.)

BERLIN — Watching Constanza Macras/Dorky Park’s newest creation “Brickland” is a lot like downing a frosty can of Red Bull, followed by a few shots of Nesquik. There’s not much rest for the eyes. The in-your-face, marinated in pop culture trashiness overwhelms in both the work’s thematic scope and its imagery. It’s almost like watching video after video on YouTube, but without the anesthetizing effects. And it’s definitely a lot more fun. The 12 inhabitants of “Brickland,” which takes its name from a vacant residential development in Macras’s hometown of Buenos Aires, use song, text, video, and movement to create a messy world that touches on a myriad of troubling and messy subjects. Climate change, incest, marriage, xenophobia, protectionism, bra-burning, homelessness and L. Ron Hubbard each rear their icky heads in this two-hour, intermissionless production.

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