This new performance by Hannah Black is part of an ongoing collaboration with the musician Bonaventure and the designer Ebba Fransén Waldhör. Their 2016 performance at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, titled Anxietina, introduced an eponymous, mundane superhero figure who channels her anxiety into miraculous small acts of creation and destruction.
The VW Sunday Sessions commission presents an expanded iteration of this character, with Anxietina setting off on a deconstructed adventure loosely based on the Wikipedia entry for “life,” the field of corporate catastrophic risk analysis, and colonial American antiques. The work explores the links between 19th century Euro-capitalist expansion, contemporary corporatism, and the rise in populism both in the United Kingdom and United States.
MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and moving images the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.