Video Still from Delphine Fawundu's  “the cleanse”

Video Still from Delphine Fawundu's “the cleanse”

This year's PULSE PLAY open call yielded a large cache of excellent submissions from all over the globe. After careful consideration, PES Directors Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, who are curating PLAY, settled on nine artists addressing the idea of POWER.

In anticipation of the exhibition in Miami this December, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do a special preview of the works in our Newark exhibition space.

Please join us for a PULSE PLAY Preview Party, hosted in collaboration with EqualSpace, on Tuesday, October 10th, from 5 - 8 PM. 

PLAY Miami Beach 2017 Selections

Delphine Fawundu"the cleanse"
Andy FernandezMIRIAM
Bang Geul HanHow to Remember the Black Book in Seoul
Melvin Harper3017
Amy KhoshbinProtest
Surabhi SarafIntensities
Rodrigo ValenzuelaEl Sisifo
Ventiko, 꿈을 깨어 (Waking Dream)

Video still from BOLO's Carousel

Video still from BOLO's Carousel

Each of the nine works selected by Wahi and Jampol relate to this year's theme of POWER, a theme the curators chose to define in a broad sense, inviting artists to explore the multiple iterations of the word, its definitions, and the myriad of ways to interpret and contextualize power.

“By the time it reached its half-life, the year 2017 had witnessed the gamut of powerful events, powerful people, powerful movements, and powerful paradigm shifts. In feeling the impact of overwhelming examples of social, political, ecological, civil, economic, and even personal power (or lack thereof), we decided to address these moments through the PULSE PLAY program,” say Wahi and Jampol.

“The nine videos that we picked include works that contend with the stripping away of power through the lens of the oppressed or expose the dynamics of political dominance through the perspective of the spectator. Others intend to ameliorate the negative impacts of history, validate the power of personal achievement or emphasize the crippling impact of cultural power paradigms on the masses. Each of the videos selected are intended to illicit a visceral response and may be difficult to watch; a few may make you weep, gasp in shock, laugh with an unexplained sense of victory, or sigh with relief. It is our hope that this collection stirs you, and that you feel the full impact of our idea of power.”