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Privilege of Escape


  • Onasis USA 645 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

Synopsis: Creative Time is excited to present The Privilege of Escape, Risa Puno’s largest and most ambitious installation to date. Referencing escape rooms—immersive environments where groups solve a series of hands-on puzzles against the clock—this project distills the complexity of privilege by placing it in context of a thrilling game. Upon arrival, attendees find themselves cast as subjects in a study conducted by a cutting-edge institute. In the experiment, groups will race against the clock to solve a series of interactive, sculptural puzzles designed by the artist that resemble popular board games.

While seemingly familiar, attendees discover that in this adventure, the rules have changed. As the clock ticks, players must adapt to the new conditions, unlock clues, and solve their way out of the room. Puno’s aim is to use this disarmingly playful environment to create pathways of exchange and understanding around the topic of social inequity.

Artist: Risa Puno
Director & Playwright: Ran Xia

Earlier Event: April 7
Table Top Notch
Later Event: July 26
Stone