Brujas Training Facility

Performance Space New York, May 25–June 9, 2018.

Jenny Schlenzka, artistic director of Performance Space New York, commissioned this installation for a three week residency by the NYC-based feminist skate collective and streetwear brand Brujas. The installation functions as a skate spot for open skate sessions, and also as a social hub for lectures and workshops hosted by Brujas. Having lived in the East Village for many years, Schlenzka used to watch the skaters at Thompkins Square Park (referred to within the NYC skate community as Training Facility) on weekends, and wanted to bring the energy see saw there into Performance Space New York, which is also located in the East Village. Skateboarding is prohibited in most street skating destinations in NYC, so Brujas Training Facility offers a cop-free environment for skaters. The facility is also air-conditioned with a theater-quality sound system accessible to skaters via bluetooth. The set design re-purposes theatrical staging equipment–normally used by Performance Space New York for stages and seating platforms–into a series of flat and angled ledges and manual pads. Pink concrete slabs secured to the tops of the staging platforms transform them into skate-able and grind-able surfaces. Since Brujas started in 2014 they have used the color pink to establish gender neutrality within skateboarding culture. The use of pink concrete co-opts the traditionally gray and industrial skate obstacle, introducing warmth and reducing the objects into a series of horizontal pink planes in a black space. 
Brujas Training Facility was also used to host Brujas’s Anti Prom III, the gender-queering party described by the New York Times as “an effervescent celebration of people usually sidelined by traditional prom culture,” or as Brujas co-founder Arianna Gil described it, “the Met-Gala of the underground.”

Brujas Training Facility
  1. Brujas Training Facility
  2. Brujas Training Facility
  3. Brujas Training Facility
  4. Brujas Training Facility
  5. Concrete Petanque Terrains and Aluminum Bench
  6. Realgar
  7. Selected Works
  8. Twill Weave Daybed,
  9. Solid Textile Screen, prototype
  10. Solid Textile Screen
  11. Solid Textile Screen
  12. Solid Textile Screen
  13. Aluminum Chair and Truck
  14. Longing
  15. Longing
  16. Longing
  17. Call Waiting
  18. Saarinen & Friends
  19. Style
  20. Natural pigments
  21. Hard Day’s Work
  22. Lapis Lazuli Aluminum Benches
  23. Cessna 172 and Aluminum Bench
  24. Goldie
  25. Aluminum Bench / Sainsbury Gallery
  26. Inaugural game of pétanque
  27. Correction
  28. Room for a Daybed
  29. Room for a Daybed
  30. Room for a Daybed
  31. Twill Weave Daybed
  32. Twill Weave Daybed
  33. Vitra Presents Work
  34. Ok, but first coffee
  35. Partner companies
  36. Sunset
  37. Work master plan
  38. Workspirit 14
  39. An Office Perspective 1850-2016 DE / EN
  40. An Office Perspective 1850-2016
  41. Alphabet
  42. Box of books
  43. RS '32 '15
  44. Shopfloor Aluminum Bench app
  45. Aluminum Bench alphabet
  46. Aluminum Bench, Volume Gallery
  47. Vitra Workspace
  48. Vitra Workspace: An Office Perspective
  49. Photo by David Van Severen
  50. Shu
  51. Aluminum Bench
  52. Aluminum Bench
  53. Source Material
  54. Source Material
  55. Source Material exhibit catalog
  56. Articulation
  57. Aluminum Chair shadow
  58. A Small Museum for the American Metaphor
  59. Studies for New Posture catalog
  60. Smith
  61. Olivares Aluminum Chair
  62. Jonathan Olivares and Richard Sapper
  63. Olivares Aluminum Chair
  64. Joint
  65. Skateboard rails
  66. An Exploded View
  67. Tips
  68. Smith
  69. A View on Natural Motion
  70. Products
  71. Window installation
  72. Smith
  73. NCS S 0530-B
  74. Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs
  75. Library and social hub
  76. BBQ 2013
  77. Delivery
  78. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs
  79. Territorio
  80. A Chair for All Seasons
  81. An Exploded View
  82. Hortus Cliffortianus
  83. Smith Pro Detail
  84. Outdoor Office
  85. Source Material
  86. Source Material exhibit catalog
  87. If Darwin Studied Office Chairs
  88. Chaise for Hallingdal 65
  89. Impressions from Walmart
  90. Rear leg joint
  91. Smith profile
  92. Los Angeles
  93. Jones
  94. Double selfie
  95. Social hub at work
  96. Territorio photograph
  97. Message in a table
  98. Plan for An Exploded View
  99. 3 millimeter section
  100. The US Furniture Industry
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