A symposium presented by IKT Miami in collaboration with IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, ARTiculating Sustainability 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. The symposium features 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, who will give the keynote address. There will be additional presentations and conversations along with ambient art experiences will include Felice Grodin's Invasive Species; Laurencia Strauss' 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.
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.
The IKT Miami Congress is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and Oolite Arts, with additional support from the Art in Public Places Trust, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.