Magsamen /
Stephan Hillerbrand,
Mary Magsamen

As the collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen, we draw upon the Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects in order to have a conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. By using our home as a stage set and our family as the actors we attempt to fuse familial roles with tropes from Greek legends and Shakespearean dramas. Our work simultaneously “buys in to” and reveals the theatrics and spectacle of the world we live in. In addition to drawing parallels between storytelling and mythology, our work inherently comments on politics and privilege. By deconstructing our iteration of the nuclear family discussions of consumerism and stereotypes lead to larger themes of race, class and gender roles in contemporary American life.


Water Rights 2016/2017




Houston, TX USA