The story begins in October 1926. Bird in Space, a famous work created by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi in 1923, arrives in the US for an exhibition and attracts the attention of customs officers. According to American law, a work of art cannot be subjected to customs duties. The customs officers, however, have not received much training in the different forms of contemporary art, and are convinced they are dealing with an object in the “kitchen utensils or hospital equipment” category and ask the artist to pay customs duties.
It is the starting point for a grotesque trial that Brancusi brings against the United States. The case is conveyed as a performance, that uses irony to question the nature of a work of art based on arguments heard in court, and verbal or musical creations.
Saskia Brichart: actress / Michel Debrulle: musician /Nicolas Dechêne: musician /
Thierry Devillers: vocals, actor / Adrien Lambinet: musician