Saturday Sessions: Viva Ruiz hosts "WE HAVE COME TO TAKE YOUR JOBS"

Saturday, April 30, 2011
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Viva Ruiz and Desi Santiago
Photo: Brett Messenger

Photo: Brett Messenger

Photo: Brett Messenger

Photo: Brett Messenger

Viva Ruiz presents a multimedia afternoon described as a "pro-immigration invocation sensation". Ruiz will transform MoMA PS1 into a Latin social club with tropical food, drinks, reggaeton and other forms of dance music. The event premieres Ruiz's telenovela, IMMIGRANTULA, which also features a short animation by Miguel Villalobos and is scored by Gavin Russom. The film is followed by a prosperity ritual for all who have stolen or who are currently stealing across borders in search of a better life. A rare performance by Latin art-house group ESCANDALO features artist Desi Santiago and beatmaster duo Automagic.

Viva Ruiz is an EcuaYorquina multidisciplinary performance artist whose work is primarily concerned with the energetic power created when diverse cultures intersect, inform, and mutate the other. Ruiz's original telenovelas premiered at Deitch Projects, New York, and have since been screened internationally to acclaim. Recently, they were included in NY/Prague 6, an exhibition at Futura Contemporary Art Center, Prague. Ruiz is a collaborator with the NYC multimedia performance collective Big Art Group. A lifelong dancer, Viva has performed with Debbie Harry and Danzig in addition to being a mother in the House of Dazzle Dancers for many years. In addition to collaborating with Desi Santiago in the Latin art-house duo ESCANDALO, Ruiz is currently singing with Gavin Russom for their pop group, The Crystal Ark (DFA).

Desi Santiago is a New York-based Puerto Rican artist. Since 1990, his practice has centered around New York nightlife culture and often crosses over into the fashion and art worlds. Santiago's work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these fields to create ceremonial experiences and performances that examine with identity, and the duality of mourning and celebration. His practice is that of "the host," wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities, resulting in a range of objects, installations, and performances.

Gavin Russom is a multimedia artist and sonic magician. His works have been presented in an international array of museums, galleries, clubs and performance institutions including MOMA, Centre Pompidou, The Migros Museum and The Sao Paulo Bienial . He is considered the "secret weapon" of New York record label DFA who he has produced numerous releases for, including the albums "The Days of Mars" and "Black Meteoric Star". He also designed electronic instruments used by other label artists such as Black Dice, Holy Ghost! and LCD Soundsystem. He is currently working on a full length LP with his most recent project "The Crystal Ark", who released their first single "The City Never Sleeps" on DFA in 2010.

Miguel Villalobos a photographer and illustrator working in film, fashion and art, Villalobos has worked as visual consultant and documentary photographer for the film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", and as art director for Laurie Anderson's video "Life on a String". Miguel's photography has been included in group shows in Berlin, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela and in Paris at the Maison Martin Margiela head quarters. He is a regular contributor to Jalouse, Butt Magazine, Metal, Vman and Slurp. Miguel also creates a collection of limited edition and one of a kind jewelry and sculptures with Graham Tabor called 1-100 Pieces.

Automagic is a production and remix team comprised of Bryan Wright and DJ Will Automagic. Automagic has been putting music out since 2000-including includes two Billboard Top 10 Club Play records-on labels such as Buzzin Fly, Classic, Def Mix, K.I.D., and A Touch of Class. Wright and Automagic have remixed and produced artists such as N'Dea Davenport, Ananda Project, The Ones, and most recently, ESCANDALO. In addition to his production work, Automagic holds DJ residencies at New York's venues Vandam and SPANK.

Dance party courtesy of Pablo Briones aka DJ Blanca Rosa.


Saturday Sessions is a program of events designed to introduce wide-ranging directions in performance. The experimental program is structured around collaboration and focuses on engaging MoMA PS1 visitors in a unique, two-hour-long experience. Each session features a different host and will occur every other Saturday of the month in the Third Floor Main Gallery.

**Ticketed Event: As capacity is limited, Saturday Sessions is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with admission and available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., tickets will be released at the MoMA PS1 Information desk in the main lobby. Guests with tickets are only guaranteed entry from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Admittance to the gallery after the program begins will be based on capacity.    


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