PULSE Announces Theme for the Third Annual Play for MIAMI BEACH 2018: A VIOLENCE

PULSE Miami Beach
Jul 16, 2018 7:30PM

Photo Courtesy of Ventiko and PULSE

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and returning curators Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, Co-Founders and Directors of Project For Empty Space, announce this year’s theme for PLAY: A Violence” at Miami Beach 2018. PLAY is PULSE’s dedicated showcase for new media, serving as a platform at the fair to encourage discovery and discussion within the current digital realm.

The 2018 edition follows the success of the last two years’ open call for submissions, which combined, garnered over 1,000 applications. PLAY will again accept proposals for video and digital art, creating a diverse and dynamic range of works for review in consideration of the curatorial theme of “A Violence.” There are multiple ways to interpret and contextualize the idea of violence beyond its physical definition; this call asks artists to submit work that is oriented around a specific example of what this means to them. Contexts may include: an internalized violence, a trauma, a political violence, a societal violence, a systemic violence, an intimate violence, and more.

Wahi and 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, 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 multidisciplinary

art from around the world. In addition to reviewing and adjudicating all submissions, Wahi and Jampol will host a monthlong, pre-fair collaborative exhibition at Project For Empty Space showcasing the 2018 PLAY selections. The extended exhibition at Project For Empty Space aims to encourage an active engagement in cutting-edge contemporary artistic practice underscoring PULSE’s longstanding commitment to discovery both inside and beyond of the fair setting.

Wahi and Jampol go into further detail jointly noting; “This is our third year curating PLAY, and we are excited to introduce an idea that is both challenging and timely. We are thankful to the PULSE team to allow us to present a new idea that is dually a response and evolution of our 2017 curatorial vision, POWER. We look forward to seeing the types of visceral and evocative submissions that A Violence solicits.”

Katelijne De Backer, Director of PULSE, further added; “We are honored to be working with Jasmine and Rebecca on PLAY once again. They’re able to look deep into society, identify what impacts it, and extrapolate those ideas into the essential. They then come up with a complex challenge for the artist to create a visual celebration that in the end will add to PULSE’s mission to present art that is socially engaging and ever challenging.”

Submissions for PLAY will begin on Monday, July 2nd and accepted through Submittable. All submissions must include one video or new media piece running no longer than 10 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. All entries are due by Tuesday, September 4th and final selections will be announced in mid-September.

Submission Requirements:

· Short Artist Bio (250 words) · Short Video Description (250 words) · Video link or direct upload to Submittable · Film still (300 dpi) · Videos may not exceed 10 mins · Submission Fee: $50


Founded in 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar and is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today. For further information about PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, please visit http://www.pulseartfair.com


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 is also on faculty at the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts, where she focuses on Intersectional Feminism and Art Praxis. Her curatorial work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vogue India, Hyperallergic, Whitewall, Artnet, and ARTnews to name a few. www.jasminewahi.com


Rebecca Pauline Jampol is a Curator, Designer, and Co-Director of Project For Empty Space. Her work is dedicated to cultivating impactful social dialogue and change through her interdisciplinary creative praxis, fostering discourse through a variety of projects ranging from gallery work and publishing to public art programs. Jampol is also currently a lecturer and professor of design at Rutgers University, Newark. www.rebeccapaulinejampol.com

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