According to Art Fag City, the pace this year at the Miami art fairs is a bit slower than usual. But there are still a few projects relevant to the art and technology field, see below.
Home Movies by Jim Campbell at the Aqua Art Miami
This piece, Home Movies, was exhibited earlier this year at the Berkeley Art Museum, in honor of their acquisition of the work. For Aqua Art Miami, Hosfelt Gallery presents this floor-to-ceiling wall of LEDs, whose flickering lights derive from Campbell's own personal collection of home movies, processed to single bytes of information.
First, there's beach. Then there's ULTRA beach. ULTRA environment, the lounge for Art Basel's annual project "Art Positions" on Miami Beach, will be transformed into "undulating waves, extrusions, and futuristic furniture all awash in a bed of soothing psychedelic sound, light, and video." This immersive environment, co-produced by Art Radio WPS1.org, contains video projections, live radio broadcasts, and a surround-sound audio system embedded into the architecture of the lounge itself (designed by Federico Diaz and E-Area). Sounds like a seriously next level lounge experience to me!
The lounge will also host a series of performances, one of which will be Christian Jankowski's Above All I'm an Artlover. Scheduled for tomorrow evening at 8pm, it will expand upon his Art Market TV, which was essentially a QVC-style shopping network for selling art. Translating this format to stage, the performance promises to consider "both the art fair context and America's love of shopping to create a play on the spectacle of commerce."
This exhibition, which opens this week and runs until early March of next year, curated by Leanne Mella, is assembled from the private collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and looks at how artists articulate the exercise of power, specifically in mediums responsive to the "corporatized film industry." In comparison to most shows curated from private collections, the point of entry here seems more persuasive than most. Artists include Alexander Apóstol, Judith Barry, Paolo Canevari, Stan Douglas, Jimmie Durham, Cao Fei, Regina Galindo, Carlos Garaicoa, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Daniel Martinez, Carlos Motta, Shirin Neshat, Julian Rosefeldt, and Eve Sussman.
For readers seeking a dose of glam and glitz, check out Rhizome-sponsor Pernod's blog Art & Absinthe. They'll be reporting from the fairs all this week.