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 performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

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

    MoMA PS1
  2. Saturday, January 17, 2015,
    12:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.