Program Description

As an installation and instrument, Studio PSK’s Polyphonic Playground inspires countless possibilities for the production of new and experimental performance-based works. For the At Play performing artist-in-residence series, three New York City–based artists (Stephanie M. Acosta, NIC Kay, and Steven Reker) have been invited to be in residence with Polyphonic Playground for the duration of its exhibition at MAD, August 22, 2017 to February 11, 2018.

During regular Museum hours the public is invited to observe, participate, and ask questions as these artists develop new interdisciplinary performance pieces on the playground, to be performed publicly at the conclusion of the residency period in early 2018.

For a calendar indicating which days each At Play artist will be in residence at MAD, click here.

Additional programs and performances will be announced over the exhibition term.

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At Play Performing Artists-in-Residence

Stephanie Acosta is a multidisciplinary artist who places the materiality of the ephemeral at the center of her practice, questioning meaning-making and manufactured limitations. Acosta will work with an ensemble of dancers, musicians, and writers to develop a new exploratory performance inspired by the American landscape, the cinematic thriller, and the site and sounds of Polyphonic Playground.

NIC Kay is an interdisciplinary artist who creates performances and performative spaces. Incorporating digital video and projections into the space of the playground, NIC plans to produce a new work inspired by children’s television shows and the sociological concept of “parallel play.”

Steven Reker is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. Transforming Polyphonic Playground into a personalized instrument with the addition of audio samples and effects pedals, Reker simultaneously composes and choreographs as he constructs a new suite of off-kilter pop songs.

At Play, the activation of Studio PSK: Polyphonic Playground, is curated by Danny Orendorff, Manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs for the MAD Education Department.

Artists in This Series
NIC Kay

Installation view of Studio PSK: Polyphonic Playground, part of Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

Steven Reker

Installation view of Studio PSK: Polyphonic Playground, part of Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

Stephanie Acosta

Installation view of Studio PSK: Polyphonic Playground, part of Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Photo by Jenna Bascom, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design