CLIMA 2016 in Hialeah during Art Basel week

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Xavier Cortada will return to Hialeah for CLIMA 2016 during 2016 Art Basel Week  with the opening of several of his art-science exhibits:

CLIMA presenting partner Honoring the Future brings the work of Philadelphia-based artists Peter Handler and Karen Singer (Alaskan Journey: Artists Bear Witness to Climate Change.)

CLIMA is also honored to present the work of its 2016 featured local guest artist, Michael Gray.  Gray, an MFA student at FIU, will be presenting his Phyllum Floridian exhibit and contribute works to Cortada’s project on climate refugees.


Xavier Cortada, "Flora (sin titulo)" archival ink on aluminum, 36" x 27", (edition 1 of 5), 2015

Xavier Cortada, “Flora (sin titulo)” archival ink on aluminum, 36″ x 27″, (edition 1 of 5), 2015



Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:
CLIMA 2016 will feature Cortada’s “Water Paintings” and the Water Visualization created at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:



CLIMA 2015 featured Cortada’s “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas”

Xavier Cortada, "Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: FREEZE IT!," video sreen shot, 2015. In acknowledgement of the support of the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Xavier Cortada, “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: FREEZE IT!,” video sreen shot, 2015. In acknowledgement of the support of the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.


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An Emotional Lexicon for Climate Change: WONDER, DENIAL, DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF, and HOPE

fragile habitat vizcaya






 6:30PM – Reception, Event at 7:00PM

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

Reflect with local environmental humanities scholars on how arts and culture can help us understand the feelings we might have as we think about climate change.



Organized by the Department of History of the Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University in collaboration with HistoryMiami Museum, The Kampong, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Department of Social Sciences, the FIU Green Library Digital Collections Center, and Catalyst Miami

Made possible in part by a major grant from the Humanities in the Public Square Initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

Explore the challenges Miami faces from climate change through culture and history. Join nationally recognized scholars and local environmentalists for stories about our connections to this unique and fragile landscape. How can we come together to imagine our future and prioritize what is most valuable, just, and worthy of preservation?

For more information about the NEH-funded Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis Event Series, please see

CLIMAKAZE MIAMI 2016: The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change


Climakaze Miami


The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change by Xavier Cortada
This world premiere performance experience conceived of by Miami’s own Xavier Cortada, current Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts, Society & the College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Architecture + The Arts exposes and examines the unnamed crisis of the human psyche around climate change and environmental collapse realizations–both in our consciousness and subconscious.

April 22nd 8:00 p.m. @ Mid Stage at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Film Screening of This Changes Everything – The Movie

April 23rd 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. @ Miami Dade County Auditorium

Dialogues and Performances:

  • The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change by Xavier Cortada;
  • Loup Garou by Nick Slie;
  • This World Made Itself by Miwa Mitreyek; and
  • Luyanó Band in Concert

April 24th 10:00 a.m.

Nature excursion


Climakaze Miami (cly-ma-kaw-zee) is celebrating its second annual convening and performance marathon of climate-change-concerned artists, scientists, change-makers and other stakeholders from across the South Florida and the international spectrum. FUNDarte, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Auditorium, present Climakaze Miami are hosting a all-day transformative dialogue and performance platform to plumb the depths of what artistic practice means and looks like in an unprecedented climatic reality. We will be digging deep into how arts practice can ignite an awakening around looming complex environmental and social issues, and explore platforms for creative action to address the urgent needs of the local and global climate movement.

With opening night film screening, live performances and marine nature excursion interwoven with participative conversations designed to surface our collective intelligence, diverse participants will join to create a shared vision for change that benefits our local and global ecologies, reflects community needs, and places artistic practice on the front-lines of positive action in the face of urgent climate issues.

The dialogues will aim to generate year-round connectivity and action towards this shared purpose. So come expand your tribe and join us in our mission to explore the realities surrounding climate change in our own communities, jump start awareness and incite action!



FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures, with a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) opened its doors in 1951. It has a splendid history as one of South Florida’s premier performing arts centers. This popular multipurpose theatre features Art Deco Revival décor. It offers two dynamic presentation styles: a 2,372-seat theater that can host major dance, theatre and music performances; and a 250-seat black box theatre in which both the audience and performers share the stage of the auditorium, adapted into an innovative studio theatre for more intimate – and often cutting-edge – shows. In January 2012, the operation of Miami-Dade County Auditorium was transferred to the Department of Cultural Affairs, which hasa track record and reputation of innovation and artistic excellence.

Earth Learning is growing a life-sustaining culture in our home, the Greater Everglades bioregion, as well as seeding life-sustaining strategies in bioregions throughout North America. Part of our mission is to be a catalyst in the transition toward a life-sustaining culture in the Greater Everglades Bioregion by: Creating Access to ecological movements as they unfold locally; Weaving Connection toward collective wisdom and a shared vision; Building Capacity via ecological learning experiences; and Growing Roots by inspiring and modeling local, eco-social ventures. We are part of a global movement that is transitioning us toward an ecologically sustainable world.

Support for Climakaze Miami comes in part from the Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council; Glassworks Multimedia, Romaldesign, The Miami Herald, and WDNA.





Elizabeth Doud




APRIL 22-24, 2016

CLIMAKAZE MIAMI is a radically fun event that mixes live performances, participatory conversations and a marine nature excursion in a thought provoking festival format focused on climate change. It brings together the climate-concerned arts community, educators, scientists, activists and climate champions in local government, plus a wide

range of climate-concerned citizens.

Climakaze Diologues has a goal of galvanizing the vast and often disparate network of artists educators, writers, performers, government workers and concerned citizens to host conversations between artists and citizens from outside the Arts Sector in order to expand the opportunities for cultural collaborations with the larger Climate Movement.

The facilitator of the Climakaze Dialogues, Scott Perret, affirms the process: “These conversations are structured to flow through progressive themes and areas of inquiry and are woven into several performances throughout the day. In this way, collective wisdom emerges from the group that is present, and in response to the performances.”

Climakaze Miami activities and performances throw all these different climate concerned people together to deliver visionary, risk taking performances, conversations and activities that are committed to positive change in the face of our shared climate crisis.

Produced by FUNDarte in collaboration with the Miami Dade County Auditorium, Climakaze Miami 2016 will host three diverse days of activities on April 22, 23 & 24 at the Miami Dade County Auditorium and on an a marine excursion in Biscayne Bay.

Experience the movie based on Naomi Klein’s best seller This Changes Everything, The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change by local climate arts pioneer Xavier Cortada, environmental performance by the indomitable theater activist Nick Slie of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, stunning media performance by Miwa Matreyek of Los Angeles, CA, and Miami’s own Luyanó Band, along with the participation of many diverse guests from all over the Climate Movement spectrum.

Elizabeth Doud, Climakaze’s Artistic Director urges Miamians to use culture as a portal into these complex conversations and as a way to take action, “A lot of artists want to do something about climate change…and why not? After all, the arts have the power to raise awareness, connect with people emotionally, provoke thought, and dialogue, and even change the way we live. The arts are really good at connecting with communities, too. Many experts working on the challenges of climate change often say they struggle with getting their message out. That’s where Climakaze Miami comes in—to helpconnect the arts as a positive force in facing Climate Change challenges.”

For Event Registration, go to:

Please note that we have a Pay What You Want policy to make our programs more accessible. Check out details on the Registration Page.



• Friday, April 22 / 8:00 p.m. – Movie Screening of “This Changes Everything – The Movie

• Saturday, April 23 / 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – All Day Dialogue and Performance Marathon, go to for detailed schedule of day’s activities and performances.

• Sunday, April 24 / 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Marine Nature Excursion


Full Registration including Friday and Saturday, April 22 & 23 = $85

Full Day Pass for Saturday, April 23 ONLY – $75

Marine Nature Excursion on Sunday, April 24 = $50

Individual Performance and Movie Tickets = $10

For individual evening movie tickets for This Changes Everything – The Movie on Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m., go to:

For individual performance tickets for Saturday, April 23, please go to

If you would like to apply for event participation as a Climakaze volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Doud at


For complete information on artists, contributors, film, performances and activities, go to:

Friday, April 22, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.

Film Screening – This Changes Everything – The Movie

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better

world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four

years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of

climate change. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting

idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed

economic system into something radically better.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Climakaze Un-Conference of Arts and Climate Action

Participatory conversations facilitated by the Climakaze team will flow throughout the

day, and be punctuated by live art action that will further stimulate group dialogues.

Performance #1 (2:00 p.m.) – This World Made Itself by Miwa Matreyek

This World Made Itself is a multimedia live performance work combining

projected animation and the artist’s own shadow silhouette as she interacts with

the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create something

that is its own kind of spectacle. Created and performed by Los Angeles based

artist Miwa Matreyek, This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich

journey through the history of the earth, from the universe’s epic beginnings to

the complex world of humans. The piece is at once semi-scientific, emotional and

dream-like, rich in surrealism and metaphor, palpable and fantastic.

Performance #2 (3:30 p.m.)– The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change by Xavier


This world premiere performance experience conceived of by Miami’s own Xavier

Cortada, current Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University’s School

of Environment, Arts, Society & the College of Arts & Sciences, and College of

Architecture + The Arts exposes and examines the unnamed crisis of the human

psyche around climate change and environmental collapse realizations–both in

our consciousness and subconscious.

Performance #3 (6:00 p.m.) – Loup Garou by Nick Slie

Loup Garou is an environmental performance that uses the Cajun werewolf myth

to explore the deep interconnectedness between land and culture in Louisiana.

Conceived and performed by native Louisianan Nick Slie, it is part performance,

part ritual, part howl to the world about southeast Louisiana’s plight. Driven by

climate-crisis related occurrences, every half hour, Louisiana loses nearly a

football field’s worth of coastal marshes to the Gulf of Mexico. Land loss is

ubiquitous, and six major hurricanes in the last four years have exacerbated an

already dire situation. In Louisiana, so many cultural traditions and industries

derive directly from relationship with the surrounding rich environment. What will

become of those traditions as the land that nurtures them disappears?

Performance #4 (8:00 p.m.) – Luyanó Band

Luyanó Band presents an evening of original music that blends projected images

and their unique brand of World music. Through their music, Luyanó Band is

looking for a way of unifying not only music styles and genders and instruments,

but world ancestral wisdom legacy with contemporary life. By reaching a

harmonious result on stage, it might be possible to create that same harmony as

a community. The audiovisual experience they present is an exciting assault to

the senses: from the roots to contemporary, from East to West.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

Marine Nature Excursion to Biscayne Bay

Climakaze Miami closes with dialogues in and on the water in an eco-immersion guided

by Earth Learning. This intimate journey will expand on the weekend’s dialogues and

explore the immediate coastal area of Miami with stops for snorkeling and discovery of

the local marine ecology! Tour leaves from Sea Isles Marina near the Venetian

Causeway in Downtown Miami.

Limited capacity. Lunch and snorkeling equipment provided. Please go to for details on excursion registration and itinerary.

Capacity is limited.

FUNDarte believes culture’s role in progressive climate action is inevitable and can be networked more deeply to expand partnerships and engage citizenry in meaningful ways. Conversely, cultural organizers need partners in the non-arts sector who are working on the front lines of education, conservation, environmental justice and mitigation. To address this issue, we founded Climakaze Miami in 2015, a platform for performance and dialogue at this cross section of cultural collaboration and climate action.

FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures, with a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Support for Climakaze Miami comes in part from the Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of CulturalAffairs, the Florida Arts Council; Glassworks Multimedia, Romaldesign, The Miami Herald, and WDNA.

For additional organizational information, visit or contact Ever Chavez at 305.316.6165.


CLIMA: Longitudinal Installation



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4 pm:  performance and panel | 6 pm: Mass

The Longitudinal Installation
Participants, including members of the Faith community, will come together in a circle and perform the Longitudinal Installation.  The ritualistic installation has them step in the shoes from their global neighbors across 24 times zones. Participants will also record a video of their “25th quote” (see


24 Global Voices

longitude11x17_graphicThese quotes taken from newspapers across 24 time zones that talking about the impact of climate change on that individual’s life. After Xavier Cortada completed the Longitudinal Installation at the South Pole, he walked to the 0 degree longitude, the prime meridian, and walked clockwise around the pole. He stopped at each shoe to recite each of the following quotes:

0°, Spain:
“There may be a move of wineries into the Pyrenees in the future.”
— Xavier Sort, technical director of Miguel Torres Wineries.

15° E, Switzerland:
“Losses to insurers from environmental events have risen exponentially over the past 30 years, and are expected to rise even more rapidly still.”
— Pamela Heck, Insurance Industry Expert.

30° E, Zimbabwe:
“We used to be able to grow everything we want but that has all changed.”
— Matsapi Nyathi, Grandmother.

45° E, Turkey:
“We are helpless. We’re trying to rescue trapped people while also trying to evacuate flood waters that have inundated hundreds of houses.”
— Muharrem Ergul, Mayor, Beykoz district of Istanbul.

60° E, Iran:
“More than 90 percent of our wetlands have completely dried up.”
— Alamdar Alamdari, environmental researcher, Fars Province.

75° E, Maldives:
“In the worst case scenario, we’ll have to move.”
— Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Shaheed.

90° E, Tibet, China:
“The Sherpas of Khumbu may not know everything, but they are suffering the consequences of the people’s greed. We mountain people should be careful and take precautions. If we don’t save Khumbu today our fresh water will dry up and the problem will be impossible to solve in the future.”
— Ngawang Tenzing Jangpo, the Abbot of Tengboche monastery.

105° E, Borneo, Indonesia:
“There’s been no rain, it’s horrible. The governor’s office has instructed schools and offices to close until further notice.”
— Hidayat, government official.

120° E, Philippines:
“The disaster covered almost every corner of this province – rampaging floods, falling trees, damaged houses. It happened very rapidly and many people did not expect this because they haven’t experienced mud flows in those areas before.”
— Fernando Gonzalez, governor of Albay province.

135° E, Japan:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Japan faces a critical situation when describing the rapid decline of marine supply in its domestic waters that is linked to seaweed loss. Tengusa (seaweed) provides food for marine species.”
— Tomohiro Takase, head of the fisheries department at the Hachijojima municipality.

150° E, Great Barrier Reef, Australia:
“In 20 years’ time, bleaching is highly likely to be annual and that will cause shallow-water corals to be in decline. We need to start working out how we can help people who rely on it for their income. It’s really quite a stunning fact.”
— Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland.

165° E, Micronesia:
“We have nowhere to go.”
— Ben Namakin, Environmental Educator.

180°, Tuvalu:
“Tuvalu is the first victim of global warming.”
— Koloa Talake, former prime minister.

165° W , Niue:
“Yesterday morning we woke up to a scene of so much devastation, it was just unbelievable. Cyclone Heta was just so fast, furious and ruthless.”
— Cecelia Talagi, Government Secretary.

150° W, Alaska, USA:
“We are at a crossroads. . . Is it practical to stand and fight our Mother Ocean? Or do we surrender and move?”
— Shishmaref Mayor Edith Vorderstrasse.

135° W, Yukon, Canada:
“The weather is really unpredictable and the ice freezes much later and breaks up earlier. There are more incidents of hunters falling through the ice.”
— Kik Shappa, Hunter, Griese Fiord, Canada.

120° W Nunavut, Canada:
“Our cultural heritage is at stake here. We are an adaptable people. We have over the millennium been able to adapt to incredible circumstances. But I think adaptability has its limits. If the ice is not forming, how else does one adapt to seasons that are not as they used to be when the whole environment is changing underneath our feet, literally?”
— Sheila Watt-Cloutier, president of the circumpolar conference.

105° W, Colorado, USA:
“In Colorado, climate change means less snow, less water, more wildfires, less biodiversity and less economic opportunity, as there is less water available for development.”
— Stephen Saunders, president, Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

90° W, Nicaragua:
“I closed my eyes and prayed to God.”
— Mariana González, Hurricane Mitch survivor.

75° W, Peru:
“I tell my wife the day that mountain loses its snow, we will have to move out of the valley.”
— Jose Ignacio Lambarri, farmer, Urubamba Valley.

60° W, Argentina:
“The flooding has forced us to redesign routes. We thought it would be for a short period of time, but it has been almost six years.”
— Carlos Avellaneda, manager of a trucking company.

45° W, Brazil:
“I am very frightened. One thing goes wrong, and the entire system follows.”
— Jair Souto, Mayor of Manaquiri.

30° W, Greenland:
“They tell us that we must not eat mattak [whale blubber], but this is all we know. Eating Inughuit food makes us who we are, and anyway we have nothing else to eat!”
— Tekummeq, Town of Qaanaaq.

15° W, Maurtitania:
“We are only eating one meal a day. When there is not enough food, it is the young and the old that get fed first.”
— Fatimitu Mint Eletou, Bouchamo.


longitudinal_installationClick here to download The Longitudinal Installation PDF.

Click here to download the Longitudinal Installation 90N Soundscape,
a recording of Cortada’s ritualistic performance at the North Pole.
Music by Luis Marsans.

Click here to download the Longitudinal Installation 90S Soundscape,
a recording of Cortada’s ritualistic performance at the South Pole.
By sound artist Juan Carlos Espinosa.