What is all this talk about interactive? What is interactive anyways? If we had a penny for everytime we get asked that, since we launched our interactive media conference, Filmgate last year.
So here it is, our interpretation of Interactive Visual Art – the audience or spectator is involved actively into the process/exhibit or screening and their actions, help achieve the purpose of the art. We don’t mean the installations, where the observer is invited to walk into or around the art, that’s lazy. With all the advance of technology and the amazing possibilities that come with it, why would you call casting shadows interactive art?
When I first moved to Miami, in between the two years of studying, I found myself teaching film in The Keys. The impression was so vivid – the characters, the glorious nature – the roving mating blue crabs, the alien man o’ wars, flamboyant sting rays, the outrageous stories that I found hard to believe but loved – ”Did you hear the guitar teacher Jimmy received a tip from one of the parents in the form of a gold Spanish coin from a Pirate treasure?”Yeah, right. That night my roommate Jimmy confirmed it was true.
A year later, when I was writing my next film, The Keys (not surprisingly) emerged as the setting. You can’t help but be influenced by the place. As Herzog once said, the edge of the world draws a certain set of adventurers, filmmakers and writers being only some of them. Enter the Key West Film Festival, with its mission to “showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty” and its diverse line up.
Cannon Fodder, resented in Miami by the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) and the Israeli Consulate at O Cinema, marked the the Florida premiere of the first ever zombie movie made in Israel. As part of the MJFF pre-festival programing, writer-director Eitan Gafni and actress Yafit Shalev attended the screening to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A.
We couldn’t be more proud! Tropicult contributor/partner, Indie Film Club Miami, is one of five finalists in the running for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, an award that funds the best ideas in bringing together South Florida through the arts.
In case you missed it:BES Films and local artist, Gabriel Gimenez aka GG, recently released a documentary on the blossoming Wynwood artist. BES co-founder and lead cinematographer, Raymond Linares,created a truly local experience that not only promotes GG’s artwork but also exemplifies what makes Wynwood great.
That’s not all! In September, GG also exhibited a few artworks at Wyn317 and created a new mural for DWNTWN Art Days. Last week, GG revealed a pretty sweet collection of T-shirts inspired by the three master artists he admires most – Frida, Basquiat, and Warhol.
On a large screen on the outside of the Intercontinental Hotel, DWNTWN Art Days was advertised for all passerby to see, attracting observers inside. The lobby looked almost futuristic. Glowing square shaped fixtures slowly changed from one eye catching color to the next, lingering on each one for a few minutes before starting to shift.
On screens attached to the fixtures, videos from theWet Heat Project played, showing artists (many of them Miami locals) hard at work at their respective mediums.
A large screen on the opposite wall of the clean and high-end lobby of Miami’s South East Financial Center is most likely first thing one notices walking in. This past weekend it took a break from the commercial ads to screen Interior Islands, a video project created for DWNTWN Art Days. The experimental short film was screening next to an AuBon Pain, an unusual setting for this style of art. Expressive and modern art doesn’t usually come with one’s morning coffee and croissant.
The 5 minute video by Miami-based artists Liz Ferrer and Brookhart Jonquil began with a few eery hovering lights in the background, reflecting off of dark rippling water. They slowly moved towards the camera to reveal two people holding a lantern in each hand. Things got strange.