IKT Miami presents the symposium “ARTiculating Sustainability: Resilience in the Climate Crisis?” in partnership with IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, from 11am to 2pm, Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Pérez Art Museum Miami. The symposium brings together diverse artists, curators, and writers to consider the role that art and visual culture can play in changing public perception of pressing climate change issues.
Xavier Cortada, a Miami-based artist who often collaborates with scientists in his socially engaged, environmentally focused practice, will give opening remarks. T.J. Demos, an art historian, critic, and curator internationally recognized for his study of how artists and activists navigate global crises, including biopolitical conflicts around ecology, sustainability and climate change, will give the keynote address. Cara Despain, Felice Grodin, and Misael Soto, Miami-based artists working with topics related to climate issues, will introduce their work in short presentations that reveal the spectrum of creative resilience in South Florida.
A closing conversation will feature T.J. Demos, with Lydia Platón Lazaro, an independent scholar and cultural producer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Allison Schifani, Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Miami and author of the upcoming book, Catastrophe City: Speculative Urban Practice and Play in the 21st Century Americas; and Meryl Shriver-Rice, Director of the Master’s program in Environment, Culture, & Media at the University of Miami. Stephanie Wakefield, an urban geographer whose work explores resilient urbanism as both technical phenomenon and potential catalyst of new life in the Anthropocene, will moderate the conversation.
Ambient art experiences expanding on the subject of the symposium will include Felice Grodin’s Invasive Species project at PAMM; Laurencia Strauss’s The Bubble Pops, an interactive installation that connects memory and possible futures; appearances of The Climate Crusader, AKA Alexander Zastera; and more.
ARTiculating Sustainability is the main public event of the 2019 IKT Congress, being held in the United States for the first time in the Association’s 45-year history.
The lead sponsor for the IKT Miami Congress is John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with support from the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council and Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, and Oolite Arts. Institutional partners include The Wolfsonian-FIU, The Bass Museum of Art, Rubell Family Collection, The de la Cruz Collection, and Piero Atchugarry Gallery. Media partners are Cultured Magazine and Fresh Art International.
Photo above by Anastasia Samoylova
Garage after Hurricane Irma (FloodZone series), 2017