PULSE Play, New York, March 5-8, 2015

PULSE Play, New York, March 5-8, 2015, presents Pool by Christina Benz, courtesy of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery.

PLAY is PULSE’s platform for video and digital media, cureted by Billy Zhao, Special Projects Associate at the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI). All videos will be on view during the fair and on Tumblr at #PULSEplay.

PLAY is a dedicated showcase for video and new media, serving as a platform to encourage discovery within the digital realm.

PULSE Play | New York 2015

Christina Benz

Pool, 2005
6 min, 19 sec
London, UK

Lilly McElroy
A Woman Runs Through A Pastoral Setting, 2013
56 sec
New York, NY

Tom Pnini
Snow Demo, 2010
7 mins, 53 sec
Courtesy of Lesley Heller Workspace
New York, NY

William Powhida

Exit Interview, 2011
6 min, 48 sec
Courtesy of Gallery Poulsen
Copenhagen, Denmark

This year’s selections were curated by Billy Zhao, the Special Projects Associate at the Marina Abramovic Institute. Based in New York, he is passionate about finding the intersections of disciplines to promote youth empowerment. He is a founding member of Museum Teen Summit, an advisory group aiming to bridge the gap between teens and cultural spaces. Billy has spoken at American Alliance of Museums, National Art Education Association and NYC Museum Educators Roundtable. He has worked with No Longer Empty and is an alumnus of MoMA Teens, Whitney Youth Insights and American Museum of Natural History programs. He currently works at Marina Abramovic Institute and studies at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College.

Curatoral Statment

This selection of artists and works approaches collective progress through speculative criticism, testing desired and undesired consequences. Bridging together raw aesthetics and theatricality, the works reveal interpretations of the future through a reflection of their contemporary setting. They present systems for advancement, employing harsh truths and optimistic motives, attempting to realize the impossible.

Christina Benz’s Pool (2005) sets unfulfilled expectations through wit and absurdity, as bare female figures sit on diving blocks, gazing into a frozen pool that sits upon a fluid lake. Shifting perspective in an invented situation, William Powhida’s Exit Interview (2011) presents a self-critique as a cynical allegory of high culture, challenging establishment. Lilly McElroy’s video is the closest reference to internet works, translated to reality. It is humorous with the same sense as a vine or gif. It was literally a breakout from the digital tripping into back reality. Tom Pnini’s work I see as creating a fantasy. An important aspect was shifting perspective, perhaps even the most active video. The setting also a little reference to Futurists admiration for industrial development.

The Future is a provocative unknown. It is what people anticipate, yet are most terrified of.