"The Listening Array"
As a husband and wife artist-partnership, Megan and Murray McMillan collaborate to create videos, photographs and installations that incorporate elements of sculpture and performance. Each finished work contains fabricated structures and costumed performers and is designed with both highly crafted elements, such as walls engineered to move, and spontaneous elements, such as unrehearsed choreography. The Listening Array has two distinct manifestations: a site-specific installation in the Greenleaf Galleries at Whittier College and the video that is incorporated in the installation. The video primarily consists of a dinner party scene surrounded by a nimbus of golden tubes. Stationed at each tube is a “worker” listening in on the repartee at the table. Inspired by the social politics of the Reagan-era Cold War, issues of class and the notion of noblesse oblige — the concept of benevolent, honorable behavior that is considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank — The Listening Array is a study in the small personal interactions that influence the larger world in more impactful ways.