October 28, 2009 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) - Slanguage Presents Brutalism: A Dance Performance featuring Dub City Tribe
October 28, 2009

Slanguage Presents Brutalism: A Dance Performance featuring Dub City Tribe

Image courtesy of Slanguage

Slanguage Presents
Brutalism: A Dance Performance featuring Dub City Tribe
An Engagement Party Event at MOCA

Thursday, Nov 5, 7–10pm

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


For the third installment of their three-month Engagement Party residency at MOCA, artist collective Slanguage presents Brutalism: A Dance Performance featuring Dub City Tribe at MOCA Grand Avenue on Thursday, November 5, 2009, from 7 to 10pm. The performance will examine the implications of Brutalism, a mid-20th-century architectural style characterized by massive or monolithic forms, usually of poured concrete and typically unrelieved by exterior decoration, within the context of Southern California’s urban landscape. Through choreographed movement, the collective’s teen break-dancing group Dub City Tribe will play with the monumentality that is central to the Brutalist aesthetic, evoke the Brutalist architecture of Los Angeles and Wilmington (where Slanguage is based), and explore the consequences of the “concrete jungles” it has yielded. Slanguage DJs will spin genre-skipping sets to create a soundscape for the performance, collaborating dancers and musicians will also perform, and audience members will be encouraged to participate in a nonstop dance-a-thon–style competition. Cash bar. This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Founded in 2002 by Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr., Slanguage is an art collective headquartered in Wilmington, California, a harbor area of Los Angeles County. Currently, there are 10 core members who meet regularly at the studio to make artwork, coordinate exhibitions and events, and lead art-education workshops, but the collective also includes approximately 12 affiliate members who have collaborated on specific projects and exhibitions. A diverse group at various points in their careers, Slanguage includes teenage budding artists, street artists, and established mid- to late career artists, the majority of whom live and work in the greater Los Angeles area, especially Wilmington. Slanguage’s recent projects include Sweeney Tate (2007) for the Tate Modern, London; The Peacock Doesn’t See Its Own Ass/Let’s Twitch Again: Operation Bird Watching in London (2006) for the Serpentine Gallery, London; and The Belmont Ruins (2006) for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2009, the collective hosted workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, as part of the Slanguage Teen Art Council.

Engagement Party
Launched in October 2008, MOCA’s Engagement Party presents new artworks in the form of dynamic social events and performances by emerging L.A.–based artist collectives. Collectives may employ any medium, discipline, or strategy during their three-month residency, resulting in programs that may include performances, workshops, screenings, lectures, or any other activity emerging from the group’s particular focus. By providing a platform for artist collectives who operate through multidisciplinary, non-object-based practices, MOCA intends to address the significant role of these practices in the contemporary cultural landscape and challenge the conventions of a collecting institution. Engagement Party is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Parking for MOCA Grand Avenue
Parking is recommended at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage. Public lots are located on Kosciuszko Way between Hope and Lower Grand Avenue and on Olive Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street.


Lyn Winter
Tel 213/633-5390

Jessica Youn
Tel 213/633-5322

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
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