FORD15TAS PRESENTS: As Serious As Your Life – A Tone Poem for Dilla
It is often the case that the best things in life are shared. Join Product/81 Creative Lab andButter Gallery this Basel season when it opens its doors to welcome the great city of Detroit as part of the collaborative exhibition, Mi Casa es su Casa. This collaboration, inspired by the differences and similarities surrounding Miami & Detroit, will be hosted in both the Product/81 Creative Lab and the Gesamtkunstwerk building. The weeklong program, designed to house the creative community, will include a series of events, talks and a shared workspace. [2930 nw 7th ave. 33127]
The festivities commence on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 with a Launch Party + Vernissage (@7pm) featuring DJ sets by legendary Detroit producers Dez Andres + Rick Wilhite + Moodyman (by invitation only). Followed by a series of afternoon talks (Weds. – Fri.) with special guest speakers.
We have invited Miami Curator Torrance Gettrell to commission the work of the famed photo-duo Mochilla to create a heartfelt tribute to the late Detroit born + raised producer James “Dilla” Yancey in visual form. The exhibition will include a photo installation as well as film/video and poster art titled, As Serious As Your Life: A Tone Poem for Dilla: From Conant Garden.
In the spirit of collaboration, the Creative Lab will be an open house during the exhibition (Wed.- Sun.) – a welcoming space + lounge for the Global community to recharge (Fri., Dec. 6 – Happy Hour with sounds by Mr. Pauer) or to decompress (Sun., Dec. 8 – Closing w/ special guest DJ).
Wifi and Coffee will be provided.
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts + culture powered by South Florida Ford.
The Production Line is an immersive experience by the street art duo 2Alas commissioned by South Florida Ford as part of the Fordistas program.
Inspired by Henry Ford and the industrial innovations of the early 20th century, The Production Line seeks to recreate the process and vintage style of mass manufacturing by converting Product/81 Gallery into a screen-printing factory.
Working under the banner Made in Wynwood, the artist will produce 25 limited edition prints by process of assembly line in a series of precisely controlled sequential steps. Visitors can follow the floor map throughout the space to experience each point in the process.
Receive 1 of 25 limited edition prints from The Production Line.
Be among the first 25 to upload a photo to Instagram #Fordistas #MadeinWynwood
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts & culture – powered by South Florida Ford.
When the Product/81 creative lab team attended TEDxMiami: Between the Lines in 2011 there was an electric sense of potential in the air. The event held at the recently opened New World Center represented Miami’s changing intellectual and cultural landscape in many ways. As a young company, we were striving to distinguish ourselves and be a part of that change. This year we were fortunate enough to be able to sponsor Be the Diff3rence, TEDxMiami’s fourth annual conference.
From Rave Mehta’s ground-breaking educational graphic novels to Rodrigo Arboleda’s seemingly impossible effort in One Laptop Per Child – the stories were perfectly woven together to drive the narrative of the event. Each talk was of equal eye-opening caliber to the most popular videos on TED.com
Although we hope to one day present our own philosophies and inspirations on the TED stage, our humble contribution was a YoAmo305 t-shirt for each attendee. YoAmo305 is a symbol that represents our own little slice of Miami’s culture, which we were happy to share. And that’s exactly what we learned from Be the Diff3rence – big changes and lasting impacts start in small places.
Dressing up in adornments and masks has a far deeper history then today’s candy corn festivities. Although the foundation of our costumes is not at the forefront, it’s still very much alive today in pagan ritual. Photographer Charles Freger has spent years traveling the European countryside documenting the tribal wardrobe found in nearly twenty countries. His series “Wilder Mann” presents the myth of the wild man in which tradition and mythology dates back to neolithic times. His photographs are beautiful representations of style that should bless a runway, a film, and a dream all at the same time. Happy Halloween!
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We’re very happy to support TEDxMiami conference on Thursday October 24, 2013 as we connect the cities best thinkers. We’re big fans of TEDTalks and are looking forward to being a part of the energy. Product/81 Creative Lab is a proud sponsor of this year’s TEDxMiami alongside the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Knight Foundation. Look out for the limited edition YO <3 305 Tee in the goodie bag : )
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Last week, Culture Designers stopped by the Nuevas Fundacions exhibition at MAS (Miami Art Space) with Kiki Valdes. Nuevas Fundaciones (New Foundations) is a group show featuring Miami artists Kiki Valdes, Mariana Monteagudo, and Jel Martinez. Although Kiki prefers to not say he is the curator of the show, his curatorial eye is present throughout the exhibition. Here’s some shots from the show, check it out. Viewings of Nuevas Fundaciones are available by appointment only ( email@example.com ).
Contemporary art is a constant reflection of culture. Its story lines are based on existing topics that dance around the approval or disapproval of what is and what is not. This waltz circulates around the nucleus of the collective consciousness where aesthetics don’t stray too far from home. There is no doubt that great work can come from that center, but it can only be as great as that which it surrounds. In order to do things differently there needs to be space for an untapped inspiration that can only be found when stepping away from the central thought. I recently had the honor of seeing what I consider to be one of the best shows I’ve seen, not just all year but in general. Cause living just isn’t enough, solo exhibition by Hugo Montoya at Guccivuitton Gallery in Miami, Florida.
First, let’s discuss the location. Guccivuitton Gallery is an avant-garde creative space tucked away to the north of the arts districts. Its location feels real and integrated within the city of Miami in a way that really allows for cultural inspirations to fill the space, while creating a distance from the nucleus that allows for the expansion of thought. This is a hidden treasure in the Miami art scene that should not be overlooked, in fact all eyes should play close attention to this space.
Hugo and I have been friends for nearly ten years. We went to school together and I have forever been a fan of his work. It’s been a long time since he’s had a show and I can see why. There’s been a nursing of thought and an evolution of ideas far ahead of their time. He gave me the honor of a personal walk through the show last week, sharing the story behind each piece, all of which are found objects adapted and placed with careful precision. For an exhibition strong enough to stand any interpretation, the stories behind the scenes are what add to its value. It’s the culmination of details and the perfection of every angle in which you experience the art.
There’s a small center for worship next door to Guccivuitton, which creates a magical entrance into the space, should you catch it at the right time. We arrived at the space around 7:30pm, well after sunset but still in time for the church choir. As we walked up to the gallery the echos of Haitian gospel increased in volume and you could feel the energy surround the gallery’s entrance. Hugo spent six weeks in the gallery, something that artists don’t regularly have a chance to do. The energy of the gospel choir filled the space that night just as it did throughout those six weeks. From every angle this show presents a new perspective, regardless of the stories behind it or the academic interpretations. It has the ability to stand alone.