This video depicts consensual kink play.
Emma Sulkowicz (b. 1992)
The Ship Is Sinking, 2017
Performance by Master Avery as “The Whitney” and Emma Sulkowicz as the “Independent Study Program” (ISP).
In The Ship Is Sinking, The Whitney positions the ISP as the figurehead of a ship, referencing the Whitney Museum’s ship-like architecture and proximity to water. Extrapolating from Bertolt Brecht’s 1935 essay “Writing the Truth; Five Difficulties,” this work considers the limitations of political art in the US by posing the question: What good is art hung on the wall of a sinking ship?
~6 min excerpt of 1.5 hour performance.