Fringe Projects, Miamiâ€™s premier agency for temporary public art, is pleased to launch a program of new commissions in Miamiâ€™s downtown on the occasion of Downtown Art Days, with a launch event at Seafair Mega Yacht supported by Context Art Fair.Â The evening begins at 7pm at Bayfront Park at the waterfront between SE 1st Street and SE 2nd Street with a tea ceremony in conjunction with the opening of ZENJAIL by Los Angeles-based artist JPW3. Composed of cast aluminum, wood, and cut steel, Zenjailâ€™s design echoes the form of a Japanese-style construction and the contemplative spaces found within them.
Continuing on, the evening will feature the premier of small IS beautiful, a public artwork by New York-based artist Siebren Versteeg situated on the exterior â€œdigital canvasâ€ of the InterContinental Miami, with an exciting vantage point from the nearby roof-top deck of the Seafair Yacht. For this monumental artwork, Versteeg will present the entire text of the seminal book â€œSmall is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Matteredâ€ by E.F. Schumacher word for word. For six evenings, large letters will scroll down the sides of the hotel at a pace that is comfortable to read, offering a complete public reading visible for miles on Miamiâ€™s skyline. For decades, this renowned book has been a resource for economists, business strategists and politicians alike to promote environmentalism and balance between economic growth and the costs of globalism on society.
Also featured in the launch event on the deck of the Seafair will be the work of New York-based artist Ben Vida, with a performance entitled Tracers, an electronic music piece that uses a process of digitally tracing preexisting recordings to extract control data. For this iteration Vida has traced recordings of a Cuban drum ensemble demonstrating Santeria rhythms. The control data extracted from these rhythms were fed into a number of synthesizing systems to create disjunctive dance tracks.