Balls bounce above a knotted web of bungee cords stretching over a forest of gently swaying columns in New York this summer. Pole Dance is the latest installation for the courtyard of MoMA PS1 contemporary art space, created by Brooklyn-based practice Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL).
"Our disappearance into the virtual world has caused a disconnection with the physical stuff around us," says Florian Idenburg, who, together with Jing Liu has attempted to embody the digital realm of networked interactions such as Facebook in this playful structure.
Visitors need no encouragement to pull, climb and maul the slender white poles, each action sending a ripple through the field above and setting the grid in motion. Columns in a second courtyard are fitted with "accelerometers" that convert the motion into a discordant melody.
"It's an inherently instable system," says Idenburg. "We've provided an infrastructure, but you have to invent your own rules." Hosting thousands of visitors every weekend, this playful anarchy has proved itself an attractive alternative to virtual interaction.