Cinema was often heralded as the art form of the 20th century, but we are in the 21st century.
So, what happens now?
Miami 2012 should be able to provide some answers to this confusing question, it is after all, a place where many artists will gather in a relatively small area to exhibit their latest and hopefully freshest projects to the eager public and doubtfully as generous a buyer. With the main fair now spawning a Jackson Pollack style splatter of satellite projects, how do you find what interests you? Our search as always is for the moving image, the installation-based video and the environments designed for immersive engagement. Where are those?
This year offers many and even at a frenetic pace, you might not be able to hit them all. So here is some help:
ART VIDEO NIGHTS
This year’s edition of Art Video opens with a program about body language, behavior, knowledge, and motion: it traces the undercurrent of sensuality and anxiety connecting these otherwise disparate films. Artists: Maurico Lupini, Evandro Machado, William Kentridge, Adam Shecter Ana Prvacki, Amar Kanwar, Sam Samore, Robin Rhode, Marie Bovo, Hans Schabus. Admission to Art Video Nights is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Sandwiched between the beautiful and the grotesque is a hearty serving of WTF art, music, movement and dime store philosophy including: Sea Meadow by Lily Baldwin, Pussy Groto by Cara Despain, Deflection by Melanie Abramov, A Proper Marriage by Pioneer Winter and Score Your Night, As well as, Score Your Night, an interactive film and music event in which audience members pick the genre and musicians score short films in real time.
SeaMeadow by Lily Baldwin
Deflection by Melanie Abramov
A diverse collection of curated short projects to help you escape from the Art Basel circus atmosphere and sink into the dark and luxurious venue.
- SHORTS I, II: PHYSICAL MOVEMENT, ENCOUNTERS & RELATIONSHIPS | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 @3pm
- SHORTS III: OTHER TYPES OF PRESENCE | SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 @3pm
MOVING THE STILL
If “relational aesthetics” was the buzz term a few years back, the phrase being bandied around now is “screen culture” — a nod to the plethora of digital art shown on projection walls, iPads and laptops. Exhibit A is “Moving the Still,” a festival of animated GIF images curated by Paddle8 and powered by Tumblr in the Wynwood arts district in Miami.
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami opens its show on Bill Viola, the graying pioneer of video art. A V.I.P. preview is on Tuesday, followed by a private dinner.
Verge Art Fair is an international exposition of new contemporary and emerging art held annually concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach. Launched in 2009, the fair defies convention as a unique exposition of artists and the galleries who represent them. This year Verge introduces Light Assembly, a pilot video art, film and architecture exposition program. This is a chance to explore some very daring work of video art installations – fill in your Google calendar, put your most comfortable shoes on, slather on the sunscreen and hit the ground. Or alternatively, grab a camera and a creative idea, shoot it, screen it on your favorite city wall and create yet another kink in our Art Basel 2012 collective memory. Your imagination is as always your only limit.