For the 2018 VW Sunday Sessions commission, artist and performer Colin Self presents Siblings, the sixth and final part of The Elation Series, a sci-fi opera encompassing, performance, music, sculpture, and video that he has been developing since 2011.

Structured like a game, Siblings functions as a participatory performance, assigning the audience roles and responsibilities. Divided into analysts, activists, archivists, and spies, these groups expand their subjective encounters of text, song, and dance into ruptures of narrative analysis. A playful examination of Donna J. Haraway's recent book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, the performance offers new ways of re-configuring our relationship to the earth and its inhabitants in the wake of ecological devastation, foregrounding the necessity of new narrative structures to realize a better world.

Informed by the artist’s epistemological research, Siblings places a non-biological family at its center. The characters, bound together by curiosity and queer kinship, navigate living collectively on a damaged planet. Self describes how “the worlds I am interested in writing into existence are continuous, irresolute, and fragmented strategies. These strategies are not utopic. They are non-holistic, celebratorily subjective, and ideologically beyond the will to measure.”

Presented in collaboration with performers Lyra Pramuk, Tara-Jo Tashna, Sam Banks, and lexi welch, this new iteration is conceived specifically for the VW Dome.

Tickets: $15 (MoMA Members $13)

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.

  1. Sunday, March 11,
    5:006:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
  2. Sunday, March 11,
    2:003:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2017.