Jonathan González, Lucifer Landing I

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Lucifer Landing I is a new commission by Jonathan González created in collaboration with Rena Anakwe, Pamela Liou, and Nadia Schwartz Tykulsker. The project is the first in a series of works that conceptualize Blackness and post-anthropocentrism. In Lucifer Landing I, González takes the ideas of poet June Jordan and CHARAS as starting points to create an immersive environment in the VW Dome intended to function as an interactive model for sustainable living. Active in the Lower East Side during the 1970s, CHARAS was a collective founded on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, proposing geodesic domes as an alternative model for social housing.

Over the course of two days on April 19 and 20, González invites visitors to enter the environment one at a time. The installation features an original score composed with Anakwe, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Johan Diedrick, GENG, and Rudy Gerson, which references celestial cosmologies; sound-responsive lighting design; and an original film by Liou documenting the creative process with excerpts from Chad Freidrichs' The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) and Marlis Momber's Viva Loisaida (1978). In this work, González proposes that solitary dwelling within this space can be considered a choreographic action unto itself. They posit that Lucifer Landing I will offer visitors a contemplative space to consider what González terms “the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural.”


This extended exploration concludes on Sunday, April 21, when visitors are invited to experience the installation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, González will give a live recitation amplified throughout the VW Dome and surrounding courtyard. A performance choreographed by González occurs at 5 p.m., signaling the conclusion of the work.


Tickets required for April 21 only:
General Admission: $15
MoMA / MoMA PS1+ Members: $13

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