Our work as media artists evaluates how conventions of viewing become shorthand for experience, often elliding and misrepresenting reality. To this end, we build active systems for art creation and viewing. In early installations the system is user activated, as in TV database projects which create a categorical framework from which viewers can choose images. We also develop software that manipulates images as they are presented. These sculptures deploy live cameras on miniature film sets to restructure narrative in real time. In our work, technology serves as a mediator between the human and the world, and as an active force which not only shapes its material but reframes the entire project of what we choose to see.
The McCoys' work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally - their exhibitions include the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank in London, Hanover Kunstverein, The Beall Center in Irvine, CA, pkm Gallery in Beijing, The San Jose Museum of Art, Palazzo della Papesse, The Addison Museum of American Art, The Sundance Film Festival, and Artists Space in New York. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the 21C Museum, and the Speed Museum. They received a Creative Capital award in 2003, the Wired Rave Award for Art in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and a Headlands Alumni Award in 2014. Their work is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York and Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA.