Welcome to the jungle, ravers!
The MoMA PS1 Warm Up, the longest-running summer dance party in Queens, starts this Saturday and repeats weekly through August. This year, when New Yorkers make the pilgrimage to the museum’s courtyard to sway in the summer heat and revel in the beats of up-and-coming DJs and rappers, underground electro pop, and more, they’ll be immersed in a Yucatan-inspired “jungle,” the brainchild of Mexico City-based architectural firm Pedro & Juana.
“We wanted to de-contextualize the festival-goers, transporting them into a space far away from Queens, into an immersive environment,” architect Ana Paula Ruiz said of the installation, Hórama Rama. She added that they had wanted to do masks, but didn’t have enough time.
On view through September 2, the installation is a spindly and circular, 40-foot-high and 90-foot-wide steel-and-wooden structure with tropical-evocative prints lining the insides of the scaffolding, a promising refuge from the sun and heat.
Ruiz and her partner Mecky Reuss drew inspiration from Mérida after living in the Yucatan-peninsula city for a year. Ruiz said that the jungle they recreated in Hórama Rama doesn’t belong to any particular place, but “definitely from outside and probably to the south of the US.” Hand-woven hammocks from the outskirts of Mérida and a waterfall are included in the experience.
Though it was built for the Warm Up series, the Hórama Rama was baptised at Chromat’s Pride party last Friday, and served as a backdrop as the LGBTQ community kissed Pride month goodbye.
Warm Up kicks off July 6 with collaborators Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, who just dropped “Bandana” on June 28. Pardison Fontaine, a substitute middle-school teacher turned Grammy nominee, performs next, promising to rile up crowds with his Cardi B-assisted hit record “Backin’ It Up.” UK producer Kelly Lee Owens will change up the tempo with her moody techno percussion and infectious tracks that slowly, but surely, build up tension and release.
Moscow producer Kedr Livanskiy is next; her recently released second album, done in tandem with Flaty, “balances streamlined electro pop with a hint of rave mayhem,” per Pitchfork. Finally, two Queen locals will perform: electronic beats outfit JOY and duendita, the Puerto Rican-American and Afro-Latinx with uplifting soul lyrics on spirituality and oppression. Bossa-nova infused Ase Manual, Aguapanela Mami, Marvelito from Like That Records will end the night.
Get your tickets ($18 in advance and $9 for MoMA members) and check out the rest of the season’s schedule via PS1’s website.