Vaginated Chairs on April 1, 2018, presented at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2017-2018. Photo by Derek Schultz.

Composer, performer, and sound artist Miya Masaoka considers the vagina to be the "third ear," a site for new ways of listening and perceiving. Guests are invited to sit on chairs, each tuned to a specific frequency and transformed into an unorthodox loud speaker. Performers will wear handmade vaginal inserts that track the internal sounds of the body. These sounds combine to create a collective hum, documenting the sound of participants' orifices and movements. Miya Masaoka will read excerpts from her forthcoming essay and manifesto to be published in kunstMusik later this year.

This event takes place at Artbook @ MoMA PS1.

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.

This event is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2017–18.