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Jesse Bercowetz & Matt Bua

Ships, Chips, and the Stack of Documents


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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The U.S.S. Eldridge was a U.S. Navy Destroyer as part of the Navy fleet in 1943. The ship has been associated with a purported study known as The Philadelphia Experiment in 1943.

The Naval Historical Center reports the following on this subject: Allegedly in the fall of 1943 a U.S. Navy Destroyer, the U.S.S. Eldridge, was made invisible and teleported from Philadelphia, PA to Norfolk, VA in an incident known as the Philadelphia Experiment. Records in the Operational Archives Branch of the Naval Historical Center have been repeatedly searched, but no documents have been located which confirm the event, or any interest by the Navy in attempting such an achievement.

Artist Statement

We plan to revisit the story of the U.S.S. Eldridge, using it as a springboard to explore issues of disinformation, insanity, mind control, cover-ups, and portals into other worlds. We will explore the potential connections with individuals such as Einstein, Tesla, Crowley and groups such as the Nazi party, the Bund, Neo-conservatives, Scientology, CIA, Project for the New American Century.


Factory Installed: September 10, 2006 – January 28, 2007
About The Artist

Jesse Bercowetz (American, b. 1969) Jesse Bercowetz graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His sculptures have been featured all over the world. He currently resides in New York City but he is planning to travel to Southeast Asia.

Matt Bua (American, b. 1970) makes installations, drawings, films, videos, and performance art pieces. His recent work takes form in large-scale fantastical spaces that redefine and re-imagine found objects and sustainable resources as functional elements in architecture. Bua's present project is the construction of small-scale examples of vernacular, experimental, and visionary architecture on a piece of land in Catskill NY, B-Home. Bua's Sing Sun Room (2007), is installed at free103point9 Wave Farm in Acra, New York. Bua has shown work internationally at exhibitions and public spaces including Mass MoCA, the University Museum at Albany, New York; Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, England; Art Omi, New York; Cambridge Art Council Gallery, Massachusetts; PS1/MoMA; Brooklyn Museum; Derek Eller Gallery; and Governor's Island. Bua lives and works in Catskill and Brooklyn, New York. Matt Bua is co-host of Kids' Brain and often runs the Saturday morning "All-In" show, Open Air radio.

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