Warm Up 2013 closed out an incredible season with a line-up of extremely talented and diverse DJs and producers performing to a packed courtyard. MoMA PS1 is extremely grateful to the amazing curatorial team who worked for months to program another amazing summer. Read more
In the MoMA PS1 spirit of always being committed to finding opportunity for art in all places, Warm Up’s stage design initiative, in its fourth year, is making it’s own impact on the frenetic, interdisciplinary collision that makes Warm Up what it is.
Our Warm Up parties are explosive and dramatic interactions between musicians, artists whose work is on view in our galleries, young architects, curators, production masterminds, ecstatic sun-dappled dancers, M. Wells’ insanely delicious barbecue (which is not to be mistaken for anything less than art—try those blueberry slushies and you’ll know what I mean…), and of course our visitors, all of whom come together every Saturday to celebrate the summer months in our city, and to transform MoMA PS1 into a site for communal revelry.
For the past four years, in addition to the well-established voices that have been part of this collective celebration, design has become an integral part of the equation with teams of emerging local designers turning their skills towards creating a one-day installation in which the Warm Up artists perform. With the idea of invigorating the stage space and the courtyard, these designs stimulate performers as well as viewers.
Here is a look at the talented design teams who, with the aim of using the most light-weight, interesting, and sustainable materials they can find, set the tone every week, working to create a space that combines industrial design, 24-hour pop-up architecture, set design, party props, and, of course, a performance space.
As the originating artists for this program, Williamsburg-based CONFETTISYSTEM, comprised of duo Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, understands perfectly how to occupy the space between art, design, and all things party-related. With their signature piñatas and garlands—which were a crucial part of 100 Arrangements, the interactive and highly mutable performance space they installed in the MoMA PS1 duplex last year, and which are included in the MoMA Design Store’s Destination: NYC capsule collection—year after year CONFETTISYSTEM delivers incredible architectural alchemies from tissue paper, mylar, and rope. This year’s design was no exception:
Fort Makers—a Brooklyn-based artistic collaborative made up of Naomi Clark, Nana Spears, Noah Spencer, and Elizabeth Whitcomb—began working together by installing mobile structures or “forts” that function as nomadic, sculptural, inhabitable paintings in natural settings. They make a wide range of objects and initiate artistic interventions in various mediums and spaces, most recently installing an 80-foot painting on a cliff face as part of their Action Painting residency and solo exhibition at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Last year, their Warm Up stage was inspired by an amalgam of Jean Arp’s Poupées and Ellsworth Kelly’s color palette, while this year they found inspiration from one of summertime’s most polpular water sources, the carwash. Fort Makers have cited artist Andrea Zittel as an inspiring touchstone for them artistically, finding particular resonance in her Escape Units and textile works, but also in the way all aspects of living are approached as a fertile ground for art making. In a nod towards this, they are bringing their stage out to the audience by making wearable textile masks that are a part of the surface that makes up the stage’s set.
Red Hook–based Greg Buntain and Ian Collings are Fort Standard, and together they produce simple and distinctive treasures based on carefully considered geometries from their pier-front studio. Their design this year plays with some of the new forms that can be seen in their latest line of objects. They took a break from launching their new jewelry line Clermont, and designing a barbershop in SoHo, to bedeck our stage with rotating, planetary forms, and to make billowing geometric inflatables that could crowdsurf throughout the MoMA PS1 courtyard:
Thunder Horse Video
When it comes to mixing light and video with sound, THV are the go-to rave laser maestros of New York. Playing with the conventions of live performance, and emphasizing dimensionality as opposed to frontality, they’ve brought unique elements to the Warm Up stage, ranging from bubble machines for Solange to bodega-style LED ticker signs hacked to display custom animations. THV’s particularly inventive approach to recontextualizing familiar materials in the service of party aesthetics never fails to make for an engaging performance. This year, they draped J. Cole’s headlining stage in camouflage netting normally used in hunting or by the military.
The Principals, comprised of Charles Constantine, Drew Seskunas, and Christopher Williams, are focused on interactivity in design, and especially the intersection between technology and traditional craftsmanship, which they test to its limits in their Greenpoint studio. Never content to merely look incredible, The Principals’ installations are physically and kinetically reactive to Warm Up’s beats. This year’s design is armed with sensors that make elements of the stage move with the music—their robotic installation reads sound vibrations, and reacts through motion and light. Inspired by classic rock iconography (in particular the aesthetics of Pink Floyd and the heavy metal parody band Spinal Tap) and the associative nature of transient musical evolution, The Principals have created an installation from a series of prismatic space frames embedded with motored reflectors that refract light through complex geometries in reaction to live musical performance. Their installation will be on view for the final Warm Up this weekend, don’t miss it!
Warm Up stage designs were made robust and beautiful by the incredible installation team of Gabriela Scopazzi, Teshia Treuhaft, and Sam Berman.
Last week’s Warm Up was another huge success, as you can see from the pics above. Terreke, Empress Of, SFV Acid, Pional, Museum of Love, and Caribou all brought the house down. Read more
Last week at MoMA PS1 was one for the record books. For the second time in the event’s 16-year history we sold out presale tickets, and by early in the day we had managed to cram about 5,500 people into the courtyard. Read more
Everyone is buzzing about Doug Aitken’s latest project, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, a train traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way to host one-night only, site-specific happenings throughout September. Read more
Last Saturday crowds danced their way into the second half of this summers Warm Up series with the help of some stellar musicians. Brooklyn’s Rizzla kicked off the day with high-energy beats that had everyone dancing from the start. Young NYC natives Ratking were up next with a live performance, delivering a new wave of hip-hop. One of the top dancehall producers Dre Skull then took over, followed by Scotland’s Jackmaster. Both kept the energy as high as ever. To top it off, Marcellus Pittman closed with a set that channeled his roots in the Detroit dance music scene. This week’s line up is sure to continue this streak of high-energy music and dancing.
DJ Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles—based duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy, will start the day off with their fresh, upbeat house-infused dance tracks. The pair launched their label Body High in 2011, and since then have been putting out some of the most hard-to-define dance music out there. Samo Sound Boy strives to create tracks for people to dance in club settings, while keeping it minimal and pared down. Jerome LOL, former half of LOL Boys, brings his love of electronic, pop, and hip-hop music to his sound. He’s also become known for his impressive video production, which references the internet’s early days. Be sure to check out this super-duo’s Fader Mix in anticipation for their Warm Up debut.
Next up, Octave One will perform live. Coming from Detroit, MI, this electronic dance music group, made up of brothers Lenny Burden and Lawrence Burden (along with rotating brothers Lynell, Lorne, and Lance), will display their underground techno style. A second-generation Detroit Techno group, Octave One first made their big splash in the music world in the 1990s, and have been touring the world ever since. Aside from live performances, the brothers run the record label, 430 West Records, which continues to release innovative dance music.
Finishing up this day jam packed with an eclectic mix of dance and house musicians is Julio Bashmore of Bristol, UK. The futuristic, high-energy sounds and warped house style of Bashmore’s music is what allowed him to burst on to the scene in late 2009 with a single on Dirtybird Records. Bashmore and Hyetal, who will both play at Warm Up this weekend, have teamed up multiple times in the past few years making music under the name Velour. He has also launched his own label, Broadwalk Records. Julio Bashmore will deliver an exhilarating set to close out this week’s Warm Up. While the temperatures seem to be cooling off in the city, this week’s musicians will no doubt be heating things up.
Be sure to check out the MoMA PS1 galleries before they close at 6:00 p.m. Get ready for your ears and eyes to be wowed!
There was a perfect combination of amazing weather and masterful musicianship at Warm Up last Saturday, and there is even more on the way. We were visited by Cologne’s very own Roosevelt, followed by Londoners Daniel Avery and Ben UFO Read more
This summer, week by week, artist by artist, Warm Up continues to outdo itself—and last weekend was no exception. It saw a DJ set from Brooklyn’s own Obey City; Fade to Mind Records’ vocalist, Kelela, performing a live set and singing with DJ L-VIS 1990 (who also turned in a stellar DJ set). Read more
Following last week’s sweaty dance party with Anthony Naples, DJ Qu, Kim Ann Foxman, and the Martinez Brothers, the July 13 Warm Up, the third of the season, welcomes a number of adventurous producers from across North America to the courtyard at MoMA PS1. Read more