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September 13, 2013  |  Warm Up
A Big Finale for Warm Up 2013

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

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September 6, 2013  |  Events & Programs, MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: A Platform for Design
Delicate SteveFort Makers stage set design for Warm Up 2012 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Delicate Steve performs in Fort Makers’ stage set design for Warm Up 2011 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Erin Kornfeld

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.

PartyParty Hanging Paper Decorations by CONFETTISYSTEM

PartyParty Hanging Paper Decorations by CONFETTISYSTEM

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.

CONFETTISYSTEM
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:

CONFETTISYSTEM stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

CONFETTISYSTEM stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

 

CONFETTISYSTEM stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

NHK’Koyxen performs in CONFETTISYSTEM’s stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel


Fort Makers

Fort Makers' Action Painting installation

Action Painting installation by Fort Makers

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.

Fort Makers stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Empress Of performs in Fort Makers’ stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

From left: Detail of Fort Makers stage set design; A young Warm Up reveler with a Fort Maker's mask. Photos: Charles Roussel

From left: Detail of Fort Makers stage set design; A young Warm Up reveler with a Fort Maker’s mask. Photos: Charles Roussel

Fort Standard
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:

Fort Standard stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Octave One performs in Fort Standard’s stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Fort Standard inflatables designed for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Fort Standard’s inflatables designed for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

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.

Thunder Horse Video stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

J. Cole performs in Thunder Horse Video’s stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

The Principals
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!

The Principals' stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

The Principals stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

 

The Principals' stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Cajmere performs in The Principals’ stage set design for Warm Up 2013 at MoMA PS1. Photo: Charles Roussel

Spatium Yamamoto from The Principals on Vimeo.

Warm Up stage designs were made robust and beautiful by the incredible installation team of Gabriela Scopazzi, Teshia Treuhaft, and Sam Berman.

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August 30, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: Week Nine Highlights in Photos

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

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August 23, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013, Week Eight Recap: Hip-Hop Hits the Courtyard
Warm Up, MoMA PS1, Saturday, August 17, 2013

Warm Up, MoMA PS1, Saturday, August 17, 2013. Photo: Zachary Newton

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

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August 16, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: Week Seven Highlights in Photos

Last week’s Warm Up at MoMA PS1 was another huge success, as you can see in the slide show above. You can also check out ARTINFO’s video from the event. Read more

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August 9, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: High-Energy Beats Continue
Warm Up 2013, MoMA PS1, August 3, 2013. Photo: Zachary Newton

Warm Up 2013, MoMA PS1, August 3, 2013. Photo: Zachary Newton

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.

Hyetal, hailing from Bristol, UK, will follow with his heavy, melodic, outer space sounding music style. This past May, Hyetal released Modern Worship on True Panther Sounds.

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!

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August 2, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: We’re Hitting the Halfway Point
Destiny Ortiz, aka Wavy Spice, dances at Warm Up, MoMA PS1, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Photo By Zachary Newton

Destiny Ortiz, aka Wavy Spice, dances at Warm Up, MoMA PS1, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Photo By Zachary Newton

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

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July 26, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: It Just Keeps Getting Better
Warm Up 2013, MoMA PS1, July 20, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel

Warm Up 2013, MoMA PS1, July 20, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel

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

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July 12, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: Kicking Off Week Three
Warm Up 2013. MoMA PS1, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel

The crowd goes wild during the second week of Warm Up 2013. MoMA PS1, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel

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

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July 5, 2013  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2013: Week One in Pictures

MoMA PS1′s annual Warm Up summer music festival kicked off last Saturday (and continues through September 7)! Check out the slideshow Read more