Yetu was looking through old photos and came across a batch of unpublished photos from ‘Warm Up’ at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) PS1 in New York, NY, U.S.A. She tells you why it’s better than ‘The Warm Up’ in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Shiffa and I were in New York City in July and Warm Up was one of the events that we attended. Warm Up is a weekly summer event that takes place at MoMA PS1. I was struck by how much it reminded me of a similar event in Johannesburg, called The Warm Up. Both events are the same in the sense that they showcase DJs and the event is about the music.While The Warm Up takes place on a rooftop in Johannesburg’s inner city, Warm Up takes place in an art institution and this is where Warm Up one ups The Warm Up. Warm Up throws in emerging and established artists to create a vibe that suggests experimentation. It’s also really cool that they open up sections of MoMA PS1. We ended up chilling in the Meeting (The Sky View Room) by James Turrell. It’s essentially a room with an open sky roof and it was completely surreal because there were no clouds so all you could see was this blue hole in the ceiling.

Warm Up is held in MoMA PS1’s courtyard. The first thing that I noticed on entry was this huge structure. It turns out that the wall itself was a temporary urban landscape by CODA called Party Wall, the winning design of the 14th annual Young Architects Program. The structure had to fulfil certain requirements; it had to be a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provided shade, seating, and water. I could see that a lot of careful thought went into its design.

We had a complete techno experience. Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble Heatsick, NHK’Koyxen and Bill Kouligas were on decks to make the afternoon quite enjoyable. The line-up over the summer, which consisted of local and international acts, was quite good, and acts included Ryan Hemsworth and XXYYXX. I think the only thing that I didn’t care for were the number of people there because we all know that I seemingly suffer party claustrophobia sometimes but I do love that the people were so geared up to having a good time and I met some awesome people there. 

Warm Up is of course done for this year. I suggest you look out for Warm Up 2014.

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