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“CLEANER” is the second project in a trilogy of experimental art films about contemporary architecture, class, and economic precarity.
“CLEANER” is the second project in a trilogy of experimental art films about contemporary architecture, class, and economic precarity.
103 backers pledged $8,471 to help bring this project to life.

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WorkStation is a series of three films that explore contemporary architecture, its promise of ease of use, and its homogeneous luxury. The films look at how competing economic worldviews overlap and interact by focusing on people in the workplace who occupy—but don’t inhabit—their space. We’re working to make the second film in the series, and we want to cast you in it.

The subject of the first film, BROKER, is a singing real estate agent overwhelmed by a marketing pitch about her Trump Tower apartment. BROKER was completed in 2016 and was exhibited at Postmasters Gallery in New York City, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH and at our recent solo show at Cornell University.

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy,  CLEANER, 2019
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, CLEANER, 2019

For the second film, CLEANER, we turn to the workplace, examining the ways people survive in the “gig” economy. As more and more people create lives funded by precarious labor, we want to investigate the strategies artists find to work and make work.  

The film has an illicit party scene, and we want you to be part of it! Whether you’re a friend, an actor, a truck driver, a technology specialist, a student, or something entirely different, you can help make this scene, and the film, happen.

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Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, BROKER, 2016
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, BROKER, 2016

As we begin this new work, we find ourselves already embedded in the new economy, making art from our desks as Creators in Residence at Kickstarter's headquarters. We've decided to make a narrative about the place we are in, about the intersection of new and old ways of making money.

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In CLEANER our protagonist leverages her maintenance work into entrepreneurship, creating dance out of corporate space. We believe it is important to underline the existence of "invisible labor" to investigate how  modern architecture reflects the social order.

About Us

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, photo by Bryan Derballa,  2018
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, photo by Bryan Derballa, 2018

We are visual artists who work with film and new media. We’ve been making project together since the late 90's and have work in museum collections such as MoMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many of these projects are video installations in which we model the world around us, with all its technology and speed.

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, various works, Beall Center for the Arts, photo by David Familian
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, various works, Beall Center for the Arts, photo by David Familian
Next to the Parking Lot, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, 2012
Next to the Parking Lot, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, 2012

What will your contribution support?

This is a big undertaking.  We are so proud to be the recipients of a grant from the Tow Foundation to support its production.  This grant will help, but only gets us part way there.  

To produce CLEANER, we want more than just your dollars! Your contribution will of course go towards production expenses (paying crew, renting equipment, insuring it), but we are also hoping you can promise to be an extra in the film. We have a party scene to cast and we need you to come have fun for the camera at a party in Brooklyn.

Some of our rewards....

Reward #1 Broker Link

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, BROKER, 2016
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, BROKER, 2016

Reward #4 WALK on Role

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Reward #5 Dance Performance

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, CLEANER, 2019
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, CLEANER, 2019

Reward #6: Custom Cleaning Product

artists rendering
artists rendering

Reward #7 Cleaning Product + Studio Visit

McCoy Cleaning Slippers
McCoy Cleaning Slippers

Reward #8: Limited Edition Color Print

Workstations Photo Series Reward (draft)
Workstations Photo Series Reward (draft)

Risks and challenges

Unlike many traditional films, this project is challenging because its not script driven- so much of it relies on the time it takes to collaborate. We are learning. We are working with visionary people- Hillary Ramos (choreographer), Lori Scacco (composer), Magda Kaczmarek (dancer) Eric Lin (cinematographer) and Caren McCaleb (editor), to create something truly unique. The location we are working with here at Kickstarter will influence many of the images. This adds time and commensurate expense to the project, but immeasurable benefits as well.

We are making objects and photographic prints as we go! We'll ship them to you early in 2019 as the film is being edited.

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    Link to BROKER

    Did you miss BROKER (the first film in the WorkStation series) at its latest screenings? For five bucks, we can send you the link and password. We'll also list you on the credits for CLEANER.

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    We'll bring you into the fold and give you the blow by blow news as we develop this work.

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    For an extra one whole dollar, we will never email you again. Just kidding- we will thank you and invite you to the first screening!

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    SPECIAL EVENT: Walk On Role

    Do you live in New York or can you visit? We are casting for a party scene at Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and want you to be in our project! Shooting sometime this fall...

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    Dance Performance

    Invitation for two to a private screening of Broker plus live dance performance of new choreography for this project. To be held at Kickstarter's theater in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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    Limited Edition Cleaning Product

    We are making a series of custom McCoy branded cleaning supplies. For general purpose cleaning or for collecting. Plus, come to the dance performance and be cast in the film.

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    Cleaning Product + Cleaning Slippers

    For this reward level, you will receive the cleaning product, a pair of cleaning slippers, and admission to the dance performance and party scene.

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    Limited Edition Color Prints

    We often produce a series of photo prints when we make a video project. For Cleaner we are making images that document unoccupied desks from our filming location here at Kickstarter HQ. When you contribute at this level you will select one image from a series of 8. These editioned archival prints are 16”x20” and will arrived unframed.

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