Collective Magpie

Collective Magpie = Tae Hwang & MR Barnadas + Participants

The transnational duo, MR Barnadas & Tae Hwang create art through live public participation. In 2008 they began their public art practice under the name, Collective Magpie. Together their unique labor process-based work is dedicated to the creation of ephemeral forms built through collective mass-production. The resulting constructions present a shifting acculturated vernacular of everyday materials to be seen as both objects and performances of labor. Their migratory practice offers participants and viewers a global interplay of objects produced that are entangled with the labor of those who produced them, suggesting always a place to engage and embrace temporality.

Their current project, Globos is an effort to collectively create a fleet of monumental bi-national unmanned hot air balloons through a series of targeted free workshops with children, youth, and adults in the region of the most frequently transversed international border in the world. This is a research project dedicated to interrelated communities throughout this binational zone.

Their work has been performed and exhibited at Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar, Germany; SOMA, Mexico City; Universita IUAV di Venezia, Venice; The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; New York Hall of Science, NY; All Souls Festival, Tucson, AZ; with upcoming projects at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (March 2015) and Centro Estatal de las Artes Tijuana -in collaboration with Chip Lord of Ant Farm (April 2015).


Sponsored by GSA and UCSD Vis Arts