Power Play is a two-week docent pop up exhibition that is a creative analysis of power over oneself and the world around. Using creative coding the docents explore the varying degrees of control humans have over different aspects of their lives, their emotions, their circumstances, their world, and their screen. Power Play is the first interactive exhibition that the New Media Artspace has curated; it's a world that invites viewers to step in and take part in the experiment.
Universe and I by Jiayu Zhu and Mikiann McIntosh, for instance, tackles the broadest spectrum of this experiment: existentialism. Who are you? Why are you here? What control do you have in the world as an individual? While artworks such as ur anger is valid by Stephanie Jones and Letting Go by Jordan La confront the spaces we feel the most control over, which are those we fill with our emotions. At the opposite end of the spectrum, our emotions and why we feel them serve as microcosms that have greater implications in our everyday lives. In the middle, works such as Who Will See the Sun? by Maya Hilbert and Game of Life by Maria Alexander and Stephanie Jones deal with our relationship to others and how the choices we make or don’t make can serve as catalysts. These artworks come together to illustrate the spectrum of control that is being examined in Power Play.
Power Play is curated and created by Jordan La, Stephanie Jones, Maya Hilbert, Mikiann Mcintosh, Jiayu Zhu and Maria Alexander; the student staff of the New Media Artspace. The exhibition is made possible by support from Dr. Arthur Downing, Professor Katherine Behar, Professor ZhenZhen Qi, Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC), and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the gallery spaces in the Newman Library are closed to the public until further notice.
The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.
The New Media Artspace is open to CUNY students, faculty and staff during regular library hours. Members of the public should bring a state i.d. and request access at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. During public hours, ask security to DIAL A DOCENT at x1664