Anne Imhof, *Deal*, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

With: Franziska Aigner, Lauren Bakst, Billy Bultheel, Frances Chiaverini, Ian Edmonds, Niall Jones, Mickey Mahar, Olga Pedan, Justin Tate and Lea Welsch

In her inaugural U.S. solo project, Anne Imhof works with a group of performers, composers, lawyers, and a family of rabbits. Incorporating sequences from the artist’s earlier works, School of the Seven Bells (SOTSB) (2013) and Rage (2014), DEAL unfolds over the course of two days and in two different locations simultaneously. Through the continuous reintroduction of structural motifs the work focuses on coded transactions between participants. The result is an image that gradually emerges in time.

In the artist’s own words:

“Palms, clenched fists, rabbits, liquid and light blue light.

A character, twilight-generated, omnipresently palpable and shared by all. Pressed to talk he utters demands, assertions, promises.

A Seducer, who knows how to bend down: ‘how do you feel?’

Sluggish movements, repetitive, discontinuous. Mouths, liquids, mouths. INF for infection instead of infinity.

Temporality appears in more than one dimension; different spaces emerge.

Whereas RAGE makes relations between players visible along a diagonal line in space, DEAL negotiates the constitution of equals. Horizontal.

The fists of open palms. Autonomously proceeding, (without any parents) the head last. FEED HEAD; EASE HEAD.

Bodies under tension, repeating themselves, ultimately giving in to their very own brokenness and nonetheless revolting through their own beauty.

Disorder, fall, sinking, zigzag. Rabbits that could be dogs- if they were dogs they would have been too obtrusive, unpredictable or aesthetically exaggerated.

Down down down.

The claim that everybody was equal in a deal; interest vs interest coincides with the subjective capability to resist seduction.”

DEAL is MoMA PS1’s third commission of a new work by an upcoming international artist.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

  1. Sunday, January 18, 2015,
    12:006:00 p.m.

  2. Saturday, January 17, 2015,
    12:006:00 p.m.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.