In this new commission, tattoo artist and sculptor Doreen Garner explores the pain and trauma bodies endure during the practice of tattooing as ink and needles penetrate human skin. Using an EEG machine to collect data on the physical transformation of bodies as they are tattooed live in the VW Dome—from the release of endorphins and adrenaline to altered heart rates—Garner translates this quantitative information into visual environments, implicating data-collecting machines as artistic collaborators. The result is both clinical and corporeal, collapsing boundaries between the surface of the body and organs below the skin.
Garner is joined by Anderson Luna, Tommy Martinez, and Tamara Santibañez for a series of performative vignettes.
This is one of six new commissions presented as part of VW Sunday Sessions 2018/2019. The VW Sunday Sessions commissioning program supports local and international emerging artists in the development and presentation of new performance work
General Admission: $15
MoMA / MoMA PS1+ 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.