PLAY miami beach 2017
PLAY is a dedicated showcase for video and new media, serving as a platform to encourage discovery within the digital realm.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural open call for submissions, PLAY will again accept proposals for video and digital art. Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, Co-Founders and Directors of Project For Empty Space, will return as the curators of PLAY at Miami Beach 2017.
Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol jointly run the non-profit gallery Project For Empty Space, a hub for creative engagement in Newark, New Jersey. Celebrated as both cultural and community leaders and influencers, they have played pivotal roles in the development and expansion of Newark’s growing art community. Their collaboration with PULSE Miami Beach is a continuation of their curatorial practice which is known for actively cultivating strong multi-disciplinary art from around the world.
In addition to reviewing and adjudicating all submissions, Ms. Wahi and Ms. Jampol will host a month-long, pre-fair collaborative exhibition at Project For Empty Space showcasing the 2017 PLAY selections. The extended exhibition at Project For Empty Space aims to encourage an active engagement in cutting-edge contemporary artistic practice and is born from underscoring PULSE’s longstanding commitment to discovery both inside and beyond the fair setting.
As selected by the curators, the theme for PLAY Miami Beach 2017 is “POWER,” wherein artists are invited to explore the multiple iterations of the word, it’s definitions, and the myriad of ways to interpret and contextualize power. The curators have determined to use the following definition of power as a jumping point of inquiry into this complex topic;
1. the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.
2. the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
3. physical strength and force exerted by something or someone.
4. energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical, or other means and used to operate a device
5. (mathematics) the number of times a certain number is to be multiplied by itself
1. supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy.
2. move or travel with great speed or force.
Submissions for PLAY are now being accepted through Submittable. All submissions must include one video or new media piece running no longer than 15 minutes. Submissions should also include the artist’s bio and/or CV, an artwork statement, a supporting still of the submitted work, and the $50 application fee which helps to support the curators who view each work in its entirety and provide feedback to all who request it, to support the non profit gallery which is providing exhibition space for the PLAY selections, and to underwrite the PLAY program. All entries are due by September 5, 2017 and final selections will be announced later that month. Selections will be shown onsite for the duration of PULSE Miami Beach 2017, in an exhibition in October at Project For Empty Space, and will enjoy additional promotion through PULSE's website and social media.
ABOUT JASMINE WAHI
Jasmine Wahi is a curator, activist, and the Founder and Co-Director of Project For Empty Space. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of female empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multi-positional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism.
Wahi received her undergraduate degree in art history from New York University, and attended the Institute of Fine Art. She began her art world endeavors in the South Asian Art Department at Christie’s Auction House, which was followed by positions in several contemporary Asian/South Asian art galleries around New York City. In 2008, she began working on curatorial projects, working with emerging and mid-career artists from across the globe.
In 2010, Wahi Co-Founded Project For Empty Space, a not-for-profit nomadic organization that creates multidisciplinary art exhibitions and programming that encourage social dialogue, education, and systemic change through the support of both artists and communities. In 2013, she began a long-term partnership in Newark, NJ, with Rebecca Pauline Jampol of Solo(s) Project House, to create a series of pop-up exhibitions under the moniker ‘Gateway Project Spaces.’ In 2015, Wahi and Jampol revamped the space, transforming it into a mixed-use space that housed both Project For Empty Space and a plethora of commercial artist studios. This ‘third space’ endeavor has since become a community for multi-disciplinary artists and a space for social discourse, activism, and change.
Additionally, Wahi is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts, where she focuses on Intersectional Feminism and Art Praxis. She is a former board member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and instructor for the Girls Educational Mentoring Services (GEMS) group. She has also co-organized numerous interventions and happenings as part of her social activist work.
Wahi’s curatorial work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vogue India, Hyperallergic, Whitewall Magazine, artnet, and ARTnews to name a few.
ABOUT REBECCA PAULINE JAMPOL
Rebecca Pauline Jampol is a curator and designer dedicated to cultivating impactful social dialogue and change through her interdisciplinary creative praxis. Her predominant interest is in fostering discourse through a variety of projects ranging from gallery work and publishing to public art programs.
After graduating from Rutgers University-Newark in 2008, she took a leading role in furthering the development of the city’s burgeoning arts scene. She moved forward to become the driving force in a myriad of cultural and educational initiatives including: Jajo Art Gallery; Glocally Newark; The 239 Collective (2010); Rutgers Future Scholars “I am” Program (2010); Solo(s) Project House (2010); The NeWWalls Newark Public Art Conference (2014); The Gateway Project Public Art Initiative (2014); Portals, Newark (2016); and most recently, The Newark Downtown District’s Entryway Program, “Gateways to Newark” (2016).
In 2013, Jampol began a long-term partnership in Newark, NJ, with Jasmine Wahi of Project For Empty Space to create a series of pop-up exhibitions under the moniker ‘Gateway Project Spaces.’ In 2015, Wahi and Jampol revamped their space into a mixed-use space that housed both Project For Empty Space and a plethora of commercial artist studios. This ‘third space’ endeavor has since become a community for multi-disciplinary artists and a space for social discourse, activism, and change.
She is also currently a lecturer and professor of design at Rutgers University - Newark.
Previous play Curators include
Joey Lico, Curator and Director of Programming, Americas at The Cultivist
Stacy Engman, Independent Curator
Billy Zhao of the Marina Abramovic Institute
Lindsay Howard, Independent Curator