2018 VW Sunday Sessions Commission

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. The performance will be presented at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 11, 2018, closing day of MoMA PS1’s winter exhibitions.

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. 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.