About Miami Corona Project
UM Professor of Practice Xavier Cortada developed the “Miami Corona Project” to assess and address the coronavirus pandemic in Miami. By sharing daily “Miami Pronouncement” videos, the artist updated the community and honored the Miami-Dade residents who had succumbed to COVID-19.
Cortada also created artistic interventions and “Conversations” to capture community voices as a real-time record of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on Miami-Dade County.
The Miami Corona Project was based on a consistent online presence that engaged individuals through a variety of platforms. At a time when social distancing is the norm, this web-based project gave voice to individuals who felt disconnected from society. The project served as a real-time record of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on Miami-Dade County, while also providing an outlet for cross-communal engagement between a multitude of individuals. Through the chronicling of data and information related to the virus, as well as a series of participatory art projects, the artist captured stories from individuals across South Florida (see “Share Your Voice“) in real time as they were being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project was presented as part of the University of Miami COVID-19 Rapid Response effort.
Credit line (above): Xavier Cortada, “Miami Pronouncements (March 26 – June 15, 2020): 826 Deaths in Miami-Dade,” digital art, 2020.