Design Miami/ 2013 will host several installations that celebrate and reflect upon Miami’s unique visual landscape: our midcentury modern style (also known as Miami Modern, or MiMo), vivid tropical vistas, and diverse architectural vernacular. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the galleries, commissions, and collaborations that will pay tribute, examine, and even integrate the aesthetics and materials that make Miami, Miami.
“Grandfather Clock Corten,” Maarten Baas, Corten Steel, Digital Equipment, 2013. Photo courtesy of CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY
The aesthetic tensions and convergences between old and new technology continues to fascinate designers, and increasingly, there’s a melding of the two paradigms in the world of collectible design.
Analog technologies – those that operate on physical properties such as voltage and time – are being combined with digital technologies, which work on systems of binary code. There are functional advantages and drawbacks to both, as well as distinct emotional connections: analog technologies inspire nostalgia, a sort of warmth, and digital types conjure efficiency, what might be described as a cold exactitude.
Some designers are working to marry the two in a way that explores new design possibilities. At Design Miami/ 2013, several works will be on display that combine analog and digital, challenging notions of what is physical and what is virtual, and how they fit together. The works illustrate the ever-widening horizon of design, and underline the fact that no matter what sorts of technology are utilized, the goal is always an aesthetic or functional breakthrough.
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.
If you follow Tropicult you must have read about one of King’s Head Records‘ recent throw-downs at The Garret. Perhaps you accidentally wandered in from Grand Central and stumbled into Ben Wash in the mix. Whichever the case may be, it shouldn’t have been long before you were on your feet dancing freely inside the alluring castle of shimmering lights surrounded by Miami’s most beautiful people.
If you haven’t heard of these dudes, get with it! They not only throw killer parties, they produce progressive EDM tracks too. Today, King’s Head Records launched a dope new website that personifies the labels mission and proves their value to artists in the digital age.
Local band Pocket of Lollipops recently released their record ‘Letters to Larrup‘ and swung by our studio to drop it off, telling us that there was a video in the making for a certain tract of the record. Not too long ago we receive a message containing the video link and we were in awe.