MNMF Talk | WaterViz: The Art and Science of Water Journeys

 

Xavier Cortada with the entire Hubbard Brook WaterViz Team, “WaterViz: Hubbard Brook,” 2018 (www.waterviz.org)

Thursday, November 15 at Concrete Space

Where: Concrete Space, 3400 NW 78th Ave, Doral, FL 33122
Time: 7:00pm

Join us for the Festival Session: WaterViz: The Art and Science of Water Journeys, with Xavier Cortada,  Cheryl Maeder, and Lindsey E. Rustad. 

The Miami New Media Festival is a multimedia public art event held in Miami and other cities every October since 2006. Through the years this festival has presented video installations, 3D digital art pieces, live music and performances of more than 250 artists from 15 countries.

 
RSVP here
Xavier Cortada

Miami artist Cortada’s socially-engaged art practice addresses environmental concerns. He often collaborates with scientists in his art-making. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects, and painted community murals addressing peace, child welfare, and juvenile justice concerns.
More about Xavier Cortada here

Cheryl Maeder

Maeder’s work focuses on the innate connection between humans & all life forms on this planet. She works on large-scale public art video installations. Maeder was selected by PBS for Project Filmmaker.  Her film is being televised by PBS, funded by The National Endowment For The Arts.

More about Cheryl Maeder here.

Lindsey Rustad

(Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study & Forest Service Department of Agriculture)


 
 

This festival has the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

Miami New Media Festival, XIII Edition: North Pole Dinner Party & Arctic Ice Paintings

Xavier Cortada, Arctic Ice Painting | “90N-08,” 12″ x 9″, North Pole sea ice, acrylic, and mixed media on paper, 2008

Miami New Media Festival Edition XIII
presents

90N: North Pole Dinner Party &  Arctic Ice Paintings 

 by 
Xavier Cortada

at

Concrete Space
3400 NW 78th Avenue
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 219-0811

opening on

 Saturday, November 10, 2018
4pm

 

Ninety Degrees North (90N)

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole (90N) to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps.

North Pole Dinner PartyOne of Cortada’s performances included a ritual where he fed his fellow travelers aboard a Russian icebreaker pieces of ice he collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being. “I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.” said Cortada. “The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies. The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells.  My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole. If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.”

Arctic Ice PaintingsCortada also taped pieces of paper to the top deck of the icebreaker. He then placed North Pole sea ice and paint on the pieces of paper.  As the icebreaker made its way south from 90 degrees North, the ice melted and created his Arctic ice paintings. The North Pole works also included the reinterpretation of his 2007 South Pole (National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program) “Longitudinal Installation” and “Endangered World” ritualistic installations at the Earth’s northernmost point, and the launch of Native Flags, a participatory ecoart project to engage others in reforesting the world below. Cortada created art at the extreme ends of the planet to address issues of global climate change at every point in between.

As the Arctic Melts

Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:   “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I may be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.

“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heat waves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

 

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

Miami New Media Festival Session: Water, Symbolism, and Climate Change

 

Tuesday October 30 at GableStage

Where: GableStage. 1200 Anastasia Avenue. Coral Gables, FL 33134
Time: 7:30pm

Join us for the Festival Session: Water, Symbolism, and Climate Change, with Xavier Cortada,  Cheryl Maeder, and Christopher Rodriguez Barake. 

The night will begin with a screening of some Miami New Media Festival 2018 selected videos and followed by the panel discussion with two guest artists and one of the curators of the festival. 

The Miami New Media Festival is a multimedia public art event held in Miami and other cities every October since 2006. Through the years this festival has presented video installations, 3D digital art pieces, live music and performances of more than 250 artists from 15 countries.

Free entrance. RSVP not required but encouraged

RSVP here
Xavier Cortada

Miami artist Cortada’s socially-engaged art practice addresses environmental concerns. He often collaborates with scientists in his art-making. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects, and painted community murals addressing peace, child welfare, and juvenile justice concerns.
More about Xavier Cortada here

Cheryl Maeder

Maeder’s work focuses on the innate connection between humans & all life forms on this planet. She works on large-scale public art video installations. Maeder was selected by PBS for Project Filmmaker.  Her film is being televised by PBS, funded by The National Endowment For The Arts.

More about Cheryl Maeder here.

Christopher R. Barake

One of the curators of the Miami New Media Festival 2018 Coordinator of Academic Support Services for the Department of Art + Art History in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University.

More about Christopher R. Barake here.


The GableStage is located on the east side of The Biltmore Hotel.

As you are facing the entrance of the hotel, the theater is to the left.

Where to Park

  • Valet parking is available at The Biltmore Hotel front entrance.
  • Self-parking is available on the west side of the hotel as well as in the adjacent church parking lot (when there are no church functions underway).
  • There are drop off zones in front of the theatre for anyone with limited mobility.
 
Background image on the top: Xavier Cortada, “Astrid (Antarctic Ice Painting),” sea ice from the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2007
 

This festival has the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

The New American Patriot — A Climate Action Exhibition

Co-curated by Rolando Chang Barrero and Mary Jo Aagerstoun, “The New American Patriot  — A Climate Action Exhibition” is a multimedia presentation and exhibition that showcases Art in The Public Interest. Included in this exhibition are over 20 artists that have created Videos, Photograghy, Paintings and Performance Art projects addressing important environmental issues that affect climate change.   Interactive participatory works, murals, kinetic works, films, installations, and even a burlesque show will be included in this unprecedented survey of how artists create work that inspires and responds to climate change.

The American Patriot celebrates and presents the work of our featured artists: Hot Posse, The Yes Men, Annie Sprinkle, Steve Lambert, Rolando Chang Barrero, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, The Center for Creative Activism, Aviva Rahmani, Overpass Light Brigade, The Climate Action Coalition, Xavier Cortada, Dana Donaty, Birds are Nice, Craig McInnis, Nadia Utto, Bethany Taylor, Roseanne Truxes Livingston, David Peck, Elizabeth Reed, Lloyd Goradesky, The Post Carbon Institute, Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Jesse Etelson, Shawn Robbins, Jerry Lind, Jan Booher, Lane Hall, Joe Brusky, Kim Heise, Gwendolyn Chrzanow, Marika Stone, Sarah Younger, and others…
Xavier Cortada’s 5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas project will be featured: Hit it! | Burn it! | Eat it! | Freeze it| Bury it!

Xavier Cortada, "Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Burn it!," video screen shot, 2015. In acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Xavier Cortada, “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Burn it!,” video screen shot, 2015.
In acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Hit it! | Burn it! | Eat it! | Freeze itBury it! video documentation of performance, 2015
Xavier Cortada

5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas was created by Xavier Cortada during April-May 2015 during an artist residency at the Rising Seas Confab 2015, Rauschenberg Studio, Captiva, Florida. In this performance, Cortada comments with irony on the weak to non-existent actions being taken to address both the causes and the imminent realities of climate disruption in a State clearly at the epicenter of potential disaster—one which has been caused by inadequate action globally on soaring levels of greenhouse gases related to human activity.

Cortada has long been involved in art that intervenes in, and/or comments upon environmental problems. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Poleand direct-impact ecological art projects, in Florida, around the US, and internationally, (Taiwan, Hawaii and Holland).

Xavier Cortada is Florida-educated and has lived in Miami since he was three. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Science & Education and the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts. (http://www.cortada.com)

5 Actions video:

The video was premiered at the CLIMA art exhibit, Cortada’s solo art exhibit in Hialeah Florida during the the COP21 Paris Climate Talks in December 2015.  To learn more about the CLIMA project and other works addressing sea level rise, global climate change and biodiversity, please visit www.cortada.com/clima

Direct Actions Seminar (7:08)

Hit it! (1:23)

Burn it!  (4:53)

Eat it! (6:31)

Freeze it!  (1:43)

Bury it! (6:47)

In acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Florida International University and the City of Hialeah.

 

About the Artist: 

Xavier Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Science & Education and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

Cortada often engages scientists in his art-making: At CERN, Cortada and a particle physicist created a permanent digital-art piece to celebrate the Higgs boson discovery. He has collaborated with a population geneticist to explore our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000-years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize a DNA strand from a sequence 400 museum visitors randomly generated, and with botanists to develop multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangrovesnative trees and wildflowers across Florida.

The Miami artist has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole) and eco-art (TaiwanHawaii and Hollandprojects, and painted community murals addressing peace (Cyprus and Northern Ireland), child welfare  (Bolivia and Panama), AIDS (Switzerland and South Africa) and juvenile justice (Miami and Philadelphia) concerns.

Fore more info visit http://www.cortada.com