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Moving yourself forward: 3 core concepts from Miami’s Masters of Tomorrow Summit

I woke up early to read before the day. It will be a long one. On the reading list, Sam Harris’ Waking Up. I sip my coffee and flip the page while trying to remind myself that my sense of self is in fact false. I’ve been trying to remind myself for a week now. It hasn’t worked.

This will be the only part of my day dedicated to calming down whatever stresses, real or imagined, reside in my mind. It’s November 30th in Miami, which means traffic has doubled from the visitors in town for Art Basel. There are more crowds than ever on the streets, there are deadlines encroaching and today I will be in the thick of it at the Masters of Tomorrow Summit. But for now, I am trying to dispel the illusion of the self to little avail.

My drive to the summit is restless as technology acts against me. I am distracted by the pinging of my calendar, text messages, emails and i’m trying to listen to a podcast while putting on lip gloss. Maximize every moment is what we’re taught. I should have meditated. The speakers at the summit are largely out-of-towners coming to bring their perspectives to our burgeoning metropolis.

At Masters of Tomorrow the crowds are bustling in true Basel fashion. Tech guys wearing sharp suits with bright shoes and women wearing boho chic attire. This is the Miami I know. The first speaking event on my agenda chosen specifically for its lack of tech: Designing for Mindfulness. I’m soon to have my bubble popped.

Ariel Garten steps up and the crowd cheers. She begins to talk about technology. Damnit. Garten has a soft voice that carries through the space as she talks about the intersection between technology and art.

Technology & Art are on a spectrum

While we must understand the nuts and bolts, she begins. We can never forget what makes things beautiful and delightful, things that intuitively elevate the human spirit. It’s the first time I’ve ever wanted to know more about science.

Garten continues to divulge that art and science are not a choice to be made. She rejects notions society places over us as children, like if you show promise for art, you will inevitably falter at science. The idea that this collective power of suggestion reinforces archaic beliefs is inherent in her tone.

My mind traces back to my childhood. I was great at painting and sketching, a talent that drove the assumption math would not be my forte. I wonder now how much of my disdain for numbers and logic come from this central idea. In later school years, I would continuously test better in math and be perplexed every time the scores came back. This has to be a mistake. I’m a right brainer. The idea had taken root and has since only firmed itself. Despite empirical evidence that I can navigate both worlds, I still refuse to do the tip on a receipt.

Moving yourself forward: 3 core concepts from Miami’s Masters of Tomorrow Summit

ELLE Street Art

We can only move forward by understanding our own mind

Garten has designed MUSE, a machine that hooks up to your head and measures your brain activity in an effort to facilitate meditation. The futuristic headband, a nod to her fashion roots, converts your brain activity into the sound of the wind. If you’re thinking too much, the winds will blow in your headset signaling you to try and focus more.

We must reflect with the self and know what’s going on inside, she says to the audience but I feel like she’s looking at me. When we understand ourselves we can improve our own mind and move our life forward.

I nod my head. I’ve drank the Kool-Aid. Curiosity exists because it is something we were put here to experience. We have questions because we must search for the answers. It doesn’t mean we will ever find them, that’s relative. But it’s in our unique search that the most beautiful parts of humanity are.

Make it a point to tune into NR –– Natural Reality

As Garten exited the stage, our Masters of Tomorrow host joins us again. I wasn’t ready to let go of all the concepts from her talk, until he asks us a poignant question: Please imagine yourself in a lake.

I quietly put my phone down and close my eyes. I’ve never swam in a lake, mostly out of fear, but there I am. I imagine the water murky, which is what turns me off about lakes, and I see myself paddling.

He asks again, how did you see yourself? I’ll bet you saw a picture of yourself like if you were seeing yourself from the outside. Although we experience from our own perspective and we should have seen the lake from our own eyes, not a full length image of ourselves swimming, we did.

Oh my God.

We are producers in our own mind, he clasps his hands. We are not experiencing. We’re designing. Tune into NR folks, natural reality.

How many memories have been an image projected onto the walls of the mind? How much time have we been a producer, planning our lives versus living them? We are not used to owning our power. We are so far removed from our own experience that it actually affects the way our memories are formed.

Can our sense of self be saved? The summit’s speakers seems to suggest yes, and with the help of an open mind and the tools available at our disposal.

Technology is not something to be feared. This is the idea that emerged. Like art, it rests on the same broad spectrum of human experience. It can drive us further from ourselves or bring us closer to our own physiology than we’ve ever been before.

Words by: Cris Ramos, Miami native & word artist. Find her work @ The Emerald Journal.

Photos courtesy of ELLE Street Art. Goldman Global Arts and #Fordistas unvieled the latest mural by ELLE Street Art at Masters of Tomorrow Summit, a female graffiti and street artist celebrating the role of women in science and technology.

Your Miami Art Basel Guide Hack

With the end of November comes the rise of Miami’s most famous week of the year: Art Basel. If you’re inundated with guides for the week and wondering where to start, we’ve done the legwork for you. Enjoy Miami’s biggest art week with our robust Art Basel Guide Hack.

Miami New Times

We must acknowledge our very own homegrown Miami New Times. Not only have they published a Party Guide but also an accompanying Music Guide for your listening pleasure.

Get your artsy party on & groove to the sweet sounds of Art Basel.

Artsy

This website also includes a downloadable APP that can double up as customizable personal guide.

TimeOut Miami

If you’re an out-of-towner then this is the guide for you. In conjunction with best galleries and satellite art fairs, TimeOut has also listed top cheap hotels and rooftop bars to visit for vibing out in Miami’s tropical weather.

 

Editors top pick: Paper Magazine

//Shout out to the Gary Pini of Paper Magazine. He published his guide in segments as to not overwhelm the already overwhelming task of planning your time efficiently to the one of the most renowned international art fair.

We hope this round up of our top picks eases the daunting task of planning out your week of parties and happenings all taking place under the sunny skies of South Florida.

Are you planning on attending any Art Basel events? Share with us on the comments below!

The Endless Art

by Guiseppe Bernstein

In the 1966 surf movie, The Endless Summer, the characters came up with an idea, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. Nothing short of exactly what happens for many who are both financially capable and addicted to exclusivity of contemporary fine art, within white walls of climate controlled convention center corridors. It has become a lifestyle for myself.

Circumnavigating the world in the name of art will have you galloping Hong Kong to Venice in Spring, Basel, Switzerland to the Hamptons for Summer, London to New York City in Fall and finally Miami Beach to Los Angeles in the Winter. Of course there are many more art fairs and cities to visit in between, but I dare not even begin to take note or I will be finishing this post from the comfort of a private jet. The itinerant lifestyle of many art professionals has done some good for the local, less mobile art aficionados.

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Giuseppe @ ART BASEL in BASEL

By Guiseppe Bernstein

Just as I thought I would catch my breath, another flight across the globe has me surveying one white cube filled with art after another. Where am I these days? Oh yeah, I’m at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the original one.

With over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa showing everything from great masters of Modern and Contemporary Art to the latest generation of emerging artist. It’s the reason the parties are so libatious. If I weren’t properly lubricated yours truly would catch a rug burn from dragging myself down yet another carpeted corridor. Every artistic medium is represented at this Basel: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance.

Here are the staple names of artist we all know and buyers love:  Bourgeois, Close, Koons, Pettibon, Murakami, Weiwei . The European and American markets are showing up in full force this week as the fair opened to the public today.

(LEFT) Eugene Atget Cabaret de l'homme armé, rue des Blancs Manteaux, c. 1900  (RIGHT)Edward Steichen Matches and Match Boxes. Fabric Design for Stehli Silk Corp., 1926 Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

(LEFT) Eugene Atget
Cabaret de l’homme armé, rue des Blancs Manteaux, c. 1900
(RIGHT)Edward Steichen
Matches and Match Boxes. Fabric Design for Stehli Silk Corp., 1926
Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Among the first to enter the fair of course, I was stopped in my tracks several times. Seeing the beautiful photography at  Howard Greenberg Gallery, such as this portrait by Eugene Atget and still life by Edward Steichen, offered a balance to the other photography shown at fellow New Yorker, Bruce Silverstein Gallery. Todd Hido at Silverstein holds up nicely beside the photographic greats and add something that was missing on the showroom floor – a bit of risk taking. (more…)

Art Basel Hong Kong in Review

By Guiseppe Bernstein

Art Basel | Hong Kong 2013 | Dominique Lévy Gallery

Andy Warhol works at Dominique Lévy Gallery

With Swiss-like punctuality and clock-time accuracy, everything ran extremely smooth. Galleries were perhaps second guessing what the Chinese buyers were looking for and as such the risks we associate with Art Basel in Miami Beach and Art Basel in Basel were missing. Video and installation works were lacking, instead there was an overwhelming amount of painting and sculpture. Having been to the VIP previews for art fairs across the US, I notice a hustle and hurry atmosphere in which American and European collectors are rushing to booths to buy pieces from their favorite artists. Most sales happen within the first 3 hours! But instead, ABHK seemed to be relaxed as the Ruinart champagne flowed. With over 60,000 visitors by the events end and sales just as strong from public offerings as those of the VIP, one would say this fair was a real crowd pleaser as consensus has been that its opening edition “ABHK played it safe.” That’s not to say sales weren’t happening, on the contrary. Opening in 2008 as ART Hong Kong to a city with relatively no art fair experience, it is now under Swiss management and the art festival set high standards for gallery selection. With fewer galleries admitted into the fair, the buyers that did come had a lot more space than accustomed to and new art collectors had time to walk booth to booth, go home and research, and then come back to purchase art throughout the duration of the fair as sales continued strong until the last day. (more…)

Francesco LoCastro

By Natology

“In the realm of intersecting ideas, lies the opportunity of transformative change, ” Francesco LoCastro.

Francesco LoCastro has the heart of a painter and the mind of a twenty-first century philosopher. His recent body of work explores subjects in the metaphysical and existential realms, which he conveys through a visual language that is both accessible and complex. Through the use of shapes, colors, symmetry, layers and movement, Francesco presents his work across a platform that transcends the diversity of the human experience. There is a meditative quality beneath his paintings, which is brought to life in subtle video movement. Each painting is constructed through symmetrical layers that are slowly stripped away to reveal a nucleus within a configuration that reflects the invisible structures that define our experience. Deep, I know; but you can also appreciate it from a purely aesthetic place that’s pleasing to the eye and inexplicably peaceful.

As we prepare to shift into a new paradigm, we see the evolution of thought reflected in present dialogues. Francesco LoCastro is an active voice in the contemporary art movement and is helping to steer things in the right direction. Noted for his contributions to Pop-Surrealism, LoCastro is recognized as a key figure in bringing its urban contemporary aesthetics into the realm of fine art. As a painter, curator, and founder of new art fairs, there is a proactive element behind each action that defines him as a humble visionary of our time. Artists have always functioned as mediums in conveying higher levels of understanding and LoCastro airs on that of the 4th dimension. As artists we are the catalysts in the transformation of society and Francesco occupies an important place within it. Below is a glimpse at his latest geometric goodness. Pay close attention to his paintings and videos, there often appears to be a digital design element but it’s been created by hand.

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Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara

Product/81 is in a unique position in Wynwood. We’re a creative lab, not a gallery. Therefore, nothing is for sale. Since we’re not worried about selling art, we can do unconventional things like covering our walls in rainbow colored vinyl skulls offset by black typhoons.

Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara roughly translates to “show your best face in bad times.” The collaboration between Pedro Varela of Brazil and Maria Isabel Rueda of Colombia was our humble contribution to Art Basel. This video show’s just a fraction of the hard work, thought and soul put into the exhibition.

Shepard Fairey Pays Great Tribute to the Late Great Tony G

Tony G by Shepard Fairey

See the New Wow Now at The Wynwood Walls

You can’t miss it. And you shouldn’’t. Not if you care about anything anyway, let alone where you’re standing. And you few without a care in the world — this goes for you too; whether you care or not. Because if you eat or you drink or you think or you feel or you watch or you listen or you smile or you swoon or you dream of jumping over a full blue moon, it somehow, someway, somewhere, at some time, pertains to you. And it will continue to do so too, for as long as you breathe.

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