Treating the city of Miami as a platform, Fringe Projects are temporary public artworks that integrate, investigate and interrogate downtown Miami’s less conventional spaces.Fringe presents three new commissions on the occasion of Art Days at scattered sites.
DARA FRIEDMAN: TEQUESTA GHOST
Tequesta Ghost performance followed by A ceremony at the Well of Ancient Mysteries, hosted by Ishmael Golden Eagle at home, 87 SW 11th Street.
In light of the recent archaeological uncovering and subsequent burial of the ancient city of the Tequesta natives, the original inhabitants of downtown Miami, Dara Friedman will host a performance with the artists Lizzi Bougatsos, Sadie Laska and Ana Mendez. The performance will be filmically documented for an expanded cinema and live action installation of the same title, the exhibition of which is still to be determined. Bougatsos and Laska will perform on tandem drum kits and Mendez will dance.
The American Indians, the Natives, see the mother drum, all drums as being the heartbeat of the earth. Mother earth, naturally. The lyrics sometimes describe her contours-undulating up and down as she does. The dancer dances for those who are no longer able to dance. The relationship between the drums and the dancer is playful and competitive.
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DAVID BROOKS: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE CORAL (as seen near Brewster Reef)
New York-based artist David Brooks investigates how cultural concerns cannot be divorced from the natural world while also questioning the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized. Having spent many years exploring the watery wildernesses of South Florida, Brooks has come to see the region as one of the most prescient testing grounds in understanding a society’s relationship to the built and natural environment.
On the occasion of this public commission, the artist spent a consecutive number of days documenting portions of the barrier and patch reefs in close proximity to downtown Miami. Through the use of large layered billboards that post the daily goings-ons of the reefs Brooks visited, he treats the billboard as a device in the service of journalism. Here the monumentally scaled imagery presents 3 actual moments in time for the coral, including evidence of their now common bleaching phases due to deterioration in water quality and intensified warming – alongside their formal beauty and dwindling biodiversity from human impact.
The billboards might appear to the viewer as incomplete or damaged, as large circular areas of the structure have been extracted. The deleterious impact the circular cutouts have on the images make them that much more difficult to interpret – analogous to the stresses society imposes upon other life within our environs, regardless of our inabilities to perceive them as such.
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NATE PAGE: LIMO
Known for architectural scale interventions that unsettle the functionality of quotidian infrastructure, Los Angeles-based artist Nate Page will create a dramatic temporary intervention into the urban fabric of Miami’s downtown in response to its burgeoning skyline and rapid pace of development.
By partially burying a limousine in the ground with the front fender facing the sky, Page references the 1974 public artwork Cadillac Ranch by the collaborative Ant Farm. Engaging in ideas of luxury and problematizing notions surrounding the American dream, Limo is further contextualized in light of Miami’s frenetic building boom and mythology of excess. Situated in a vacant plot of prime real estate, which will soon be transformed, the intervention challenges viewers to consider their context and expectations.
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