FIU SEAS and CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will travel to Alaska to engage in research for his EVER/PERMA project addressing sea-level rise and global climate change concerns. This is part of his science art practice conducted in partnership with FIU SEAS and FCE LTER faculty (and now with faculty in the University of Alaska in Fairbanks).
Here’s a blurb about the Ever/Perma research effort:
Ever/Perma is a new body of work being developed by Xavier Cortada. In it, he uses art to engage community members in addressing environmental degradation, global climate change, and sea level rise concerns. He does so chiefly through the development and implementation of participatory ecological art projects, site-specific artistic interventions in Alaska and Florida, and a programmed exhibit at the project’s conclusion. During the project, Cortada will also convene community meetings, work groups, discussion panels and lectures to activate ideas.
Specifically, “Ever/Perma” will address how global climate change is disrupting the ecosystems at both ends of our country: sea level rise threatens the Everglades; warmer temperatures are thawing the Arctic permafrost. Scientists tell us that as both of these ecosystems are degraded by human impacts they release methane (20x more potent than carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere and further disrupt our global climate.
Now more than ever, scientists and artists play a critical role: Scientists must continue to record how the climate responds to changing policies. Artists need to use art to effectuate change; to capture this moment.
FIU Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will be the third-Thursday speaker at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, FL on the February 16th, 2017. He will give his science art talk during an exhibit featuring the work of Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder. “Now more than ever scientists and artists play a critical role: Scientists must continue to record how the climate responds to changing policies. Artists need to use art to effectuate change; to capture this moment,” said Cortada.
ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: The Fine Art of Exploration
Explore. Learn. Act.
Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, collaborated with artist and inventor, Dr. Steve Bernstein, to create this blockbuster exhibition filled with astonishing digitally enhanced photos of living creatures that sparkle and glow and flash with light from within. Combined with the original artwork of Else Bostlemann, from Dr. William Beebe’s historic National Geographic bathysphere expeditions of the 1930s, this is a show of epic proportions. Compare yourself to the life-size giant squid (first photographed by Dr. Widder) or paint with light in virtual reality, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of our planet’s last frontier. Plan your group tour now and be sure to download a copy of our featured article in Oceanography magazine written by Dr. Widder:
Exhibition Dates: December 22, 2016 – March 4, 2017
No charge for members, non-members $10
The University of Miami Law Review‘s 2017 Symposium, Climate Wrongs and Human Rights, has been announced. Scholarship from this annual event will be featured in the symposium issue to be published in the Volume 72, Winter Edition.
Student / General Public Registration – here
CLE Registration (8 credits available) – here
Saturday, February 11, 2017
University of Miami Storer Auditorium
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146
About the Symposium
The University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium is an annual event that leads to the publication of an issue. This year’s Symposium, entitled “Climate Wrongs and Human Rights” will explore the human rights implications of climate change. Panelists will examine this topic through a variety of subjects, including democracy, federalism, immigration, and philosophy. The Symposium will also feature art by Miami Arist and UM Law Alum, Xavier Cortada.
Panel I—Ground Zero: Miami
What does climate change mean for the City of Miami? This panel will provide a comparative analysis of adaptation measures amongst different parts of the city and will examine the disparate impact of climate change in Miami. This panel will explore if and how law and policy is mitigating the pressing effects of climate change in South Florida.
Abigail Corbett, Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Benjamin Kirtman, Professor, University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
Elizabeth Wheaton, Environment and Sustainability Director, City of Miami Beach
Moderator: Catherine Kaiman, Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law
Panel II—Climate Democracy
Can democracy adequately address climate change and its human rights implications? This panel will explore how political and legal institutions must adapt to the ongoing crisis of climate change to effectuate meaningful solutions.
Rebecca Bratspies, Professor of Law, The City University of New York School of Law
Dale Jamieson, Professor, New York University School of Law
Alice Kaswan, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Moderator: Felix Mormann, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Panel III—Climate Refugees
Is the displacement of climate refugees a humanitarian concern? This panel will discuss the link between climate change and human migration. It will explore if and how immigration law and policy should evolve to address climate refugees.
Moderator: Roxana Bacon, Visiting Professor, University of Miami School of Law
Panel IV—Climate Philosophy
Is the right to a clean environment a human right? Do we have a duty to the next generation? We invite the audience to consider these questions as the panelists focus on the moral obligations individuals have in addressing climate change and in ameliorating the human rights implications of climate change. This panel will inquire as to the gaps in urgency between policy makers and scientists.
Moderator: James Nickel, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
A printable version of the tentative schedule is forthcoming. However, the tentative schedule can be found listed below:
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Welcome
1:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Introduction of Keynote
1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Chief Albert Naquin, Traditional Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Panel I – Ground Zero: Miami
4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Panel II- Climate Democracy
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel III—Climate Refugees
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel IV – Climate Philosophy
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closing
Miami-Dade County Public Schools – STEAM
Miami-Dade County Public Schools aspires to engage and prepare all our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) to ensure our community has the next generation of inventors, explorers, innovators, artists and leaders..
The mission of Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEAM is to leverage the expertise and capital of the Department of Career and Technical Education, the Department of Mathematics and Science and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to increase student achievement in STEAM curriculum to promote career and college readiness.
Learn more at http://stem.dadeschools.net
Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
ADVISORY: Miami Community Leaders, Elected Officials, and Artist, Join in Interactive Art Installation
to Highlight Sea Level Rise and Uncertain Future of South Florida
Event emphasizes climate action uncertainty as President-Elect Trump is inaugurated
Miami, Fla. – One day before the inauguration of climate change denier President-Elect Trump, Miami-based and globally featured artist Xavier Cortada will host a live performance as a portion of his ongoing research driven art, CLIMA 2016. The interactive exhibit “Do Not Open” invites participants to imagine the future of South Florida, its communities, and the effects of sea level rise, writing letters to future Floridians placed in a time capsule.
When: January 19th at 7:00 PM
Where: Cortada Art Studio Gallery, 4664 SW 75th Avenue, Miami, FL 33155
- Xavier Cortada
- Elected Officials
- Community Leaders
- South Florida Residents
What: The event, through art, will draw attention to the challenge of climate change impacts to South Florida and the need for more action now. This is an especially critical and timely message as the event is being held only one day before the inauguration of a new president who vocally denies climate change and its effects already being felt by communities throughout the world. The Do Not Open art installation is a time capsule to capture written messages/letters that will be added to the exhibit by Xavier Cortada. The performance also coincides with the full gallery opening featuring a series of ceramic and tile works.
DO NOT OPEN: Participant Instructions | Artist’s Poem
- Walk up to the “Do Not Open” wall in the exhibit.
- Close your eyes: Imagine your city in the future. Imagine how rising seas will impact it and those who will live here then.
- Think about what you would like them to know. Think about what you believe someone living in 2041, 2066, 2116 or 2216 will need to hear from someone living in 2016.
- Unclip a blank piece of paper and envelope from the wall and use a pencil to write it all down: Tell them who you are. Tell them why you are writing to them. Sign it. Date it.
- Fold the letter in two, kiss it, place it in the envelope and seal it.
- On the outside of the envelope write only one of these four phrases:
“DO NOT OPEN: 25 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 50 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 100 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 200 years”
- Clip the sealed envelope to the “Do Not Open” wall with the words facing out.
- Stare at your envelope for 25 seconds, 50 seconds, 100 seconds, or 200 seconds.
- Think of how your words will be received in the future.
- Walk away
Earlier Workshop with Seniors
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment
on exhibit at
Cortada Art Studio Gallery
Bird Road Art District
4664 SW 75th Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
By appointment: 305-858-1323
Xavier Cortada will be exhibiting a series of ceramic and tile works depicting diatoms.
Diatoms are single-celled organisms that live in the water and harness the power of the sun to convert CO2 into oxygen. Its glass shell, all that remains from the diatom, is used by scientists today to see what was as they research environmental issues crucial to the city in the century to come. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples. Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains.