A.S.T. began as a research project in 2015 focusing on the idea of the global city, viewing Miami as a case study. It consists of four regular members, (Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia Margarita Hernandez, Elite Kedan), involved in the fields of art, architecture and design. The project is committed to the idea that developmental trajectories of a city can be altered through the adaptation of the networks that already control it. A.S.T. is a project whose aim is to conceive possible futures that are both reactive and propositional with regard to the shifting set of legal, economic, cultural and environmental forces that confront us.
The work they produce includes video installations at the Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; HistoryMiami Museum; The Schmidt Center Gallery, FAU; Multimedia Cultural Centre, Split; and drawing and design work for Art Papers and The Miami Rail. The are currently working on a forthcoming solo show in January 2018 at Art Centre Miami called Intertidal.
FUTURE CITIES: MIAMI
A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle) in partnership with BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational)
Bruce Mowry (City Engineer, Miami Beach)
Jayantha Obeyskera (Chief Climate Modeler, SFWMD)
Kim Stanley Robinson (Writer, via skype)
Philip Stoddard (Mayor, South Miami)
Natalia Zuluaga (Curator, Writer)
This Research Intensive gathered artists, writers, scientists, and experts in the fields of infrastructure, climate modeling, speculative fiction, policy making, and cultural agency in order to imagine the future of the region and coastal cities beyond mere adaptation.
AST makes a call for an interdisciplinary rethinking of city structures amidst the face of globalized hyper-economy impacted by climate change. How can a repurposing of current state-infrastructures such as zoning, speculative real estate, and water management be used to project into the future in order to create an alternative vision of our present. The primary focus of this event is to use the purported freedom of art to generate a platform in which thinking can be turned towards a systemic reorganization/orientation of coastal cities generally, and Miami, in particular.
Space for FUTURE CITIES: MIAMI | RESEARCH INTENSIVE is generously donated by FIU College of Communication, Architecture +The Arts; FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios.
(BACK BROADCAST THROUGH THE PERSISTENT ILLUSION)
This is the three main screens for a 7 channel video installation done with A.S.T. (Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia M. Hernandez and Elite Kedan) Texts written by Diann Bauer (central screen) and Keller Easterling (side screens). Sound by musician Jake Meginsky.
With-in the installation there are 4 additional screens (not pictured here) with animations by artist Keith Tilford, planetary scientist Dr. Pasquale Tricarico, and engineer Andrew Wong. Also included is the website astronaut.io also designed by Wong with James Thompson. Editing work was done by Levin Haegele and translation work was done in part by Amani Althuwaini. Production assistance was provided by Ayman Zedani.The project was produced with the support of Christine Tohme and the Sharjah Art Foundation. 2017.
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History Miami Museum
HistoryMiami Museum, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, and Obsolete Media Miami partnered on MemoryLab, a gallery-based “laboratory” for exploring the concept of memory. Using the collections of the three organizations, A.S.T and other select artists created new work for this exhibition.