MIAMI ARTS PROJECT/ 2000-2001
____THE FOLLOWING TEXTS AND IMAGES ARE PART OF AN INITIAL EFFORT TO COLLECT AND DOCUMENT EVENTS RELATED TO THE 200-2001 MIAMI ARTS PROJECT. THIS SITE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS.______________________________
MIAMI ARTS PROJECT/2000-2001
Cristina Delgado, Director/ Peter Lang, William Menking Curators/
Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Miami Billboard Artists:
Carrie Mae Weems
Andrea and Max Becher
Meantime, Meanspace, Meanculture: Stalker (Rome)
“Meantime: walking in circles on the Miami River” 03 – 21 – 2000 The first Stalker intervention attempted to walk along the River banks. It turned into a ritual of walking in circles.
“Meanspace: free bridge coffee” 03 – 30 – 2000 from 10.00:am at Flagler Bridge Miami – a Stalker production of public time.
“Meancutlure: driving about the poem” O3 – 28 – 2000 transcultural ‘eat and drive’ from Everglades to Little Haiti with Adrian Castro following his poem
“Alligator Party” at Point Park, March 30, 2000.
January 19 March 3, 2001
“Over 2000 years ago a group of Native Americans sat down in a circle at the mouth of the Miami River. Today this stone circle sits protected by plastic wrap under the most expensive real estate in Miami. The stone carved circle may have been one of the first and most significant artifacts to mark Miami’s earliest human settlements giving the yet to be imagined city its first public square (circle) and artwork at the same time.
Stalker arrived to Miami as transient inhabitants in search of public-place, but all we found were thousands of square blocks with far fewer places to meet. We found ourselves literally “turning in circles” in our attempt to find were the city’s public life intersected. The Miami River struck us as the right place for such a spot since it is the only site that resists domination of the square block. The rigid grid of the square blocks is penetrated by the river, but much less by the passage of people. Today the river is more or less a border that we would like to help transform into a public space where different communities would be able to meet and get to know each other. Stalker (2000)”
“Domino Miami” a Stalker urban game, January 19 March 3, 2001. The Locust Project. Gallery, 105 NW 23 Street Miami
We propose that the Miami River become an experimental public space. A place where uses are mutable and not defined, occasions of meeting and exchange, a place where people can change their ways after meeting with others, a place where, by chance just like in a game, the city evolves.
DominoMiami is an open game to play all the possible combinations of spaces and people along the Miami river.
“My thesis is that the world is creolizing, that is the cultures of the world, put in contact together in simultaneous and absolutely conscious ways, are changing (…).
The diversity extends itself thanks to all the unexpected apparitions, minorities only yesterday unsuspectingly and crushed from the head of a monolithic thought, fractal manifestations of sensibility that transform themselves and assemble in unedited manner. (…)
All the possible combinations and all the contradictions are inscribed in the diversity of the world.”
(Eduard Glissant. Introduction à une poetique duf divers. Paris, 1996)