"Comrade, what is your visual bond today?", 2016, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2016 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

Sondra Perry invites fellow artists Danielle Dean, Ja’Tovia Gary, Tiona McClodden and Sable Elyse Smith to screen selected video works.

The title of the program is borrowed from an essay by Hito Steyerl titled, ‘In Defense of the Poor Image.’ Referencing Soviet director and theorist Dziga Vertov’s concept of ‘visual bonds,’ Steyerl imagines the utopian implications of the distribution of low-resolution digital images. Circumventing verification, homogenization or regulation, GIFS, thumbnails, JPEGS, and memes, may offer digital space for alternative sharing economies and niche visual languages.

What politics are expressed in the creation and dissemination of digital ephemera? In particular, how is black and queer personhood visualized in digital and filmic space? Collectively critiquing and re-imagining Steyerl’s utopia, Perry moderates a discussion about self-imaging, the familial, and dissenting technologies.

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.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.