MoMA PS1
Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York.

With Karen Archey; Dr. Oron Catts; Melissa Logan (Chicks on Speed); Luke Massella; Aimee Mullins; Keith Murphy; Anicka Yi; and NASA scientist Dr. Josiah P. Zayner

SCHEDULE

2:00 p.m. – Panel 1
"The Origins Of Life, From The Inside Out"
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Melissa Logan, Luke Massella, Keith Murphy and Dr. Josiah Zayner

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:30 p.m. – Performance: Melissa Logan (Chicks on Speed)

*4:00 p.m. – Panel 2
"Life From The Outside In, The New Second Nature"
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Karen Archey, Dr. Oron Catts, Aimee Mullins and Anicka Yi

The future is now. To most people recent scientific progress reads like a pulp sci-fi novel: a teenager in the UK has managed to clone himself, human bodies merge with implanted computer chips and the military developed a technology to print organic skin for victims of war.

For decades, artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has followed technological and scientific progress and its effects on our lives. For Sunday Sessions she presents an afternoon with artists, musicians and scientists who have firsthand knowledge of innovations in biomedical engineering to explore what their experiences reveal about our possible futures.

In an era of programmable DNA when human organs can be printed and banked, limbs regenerated and new life forms created daily, who will have the power to make decisions that affect us all? Will wealth alone determine who benefits from biological engineering? What will it mean to be human?

Enhancement or extinction? To Hershman Leeson there is still a choice.

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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Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

Sunday Sessions 2014-15 is dedicated to Mike Skinner, 1974-2014

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.