CLIMAÂ features new environmental worksÂ byÂ Xavier Cortada,Â as well as a broad range of earlier works by the artistâ€“including paintings, drawings, videos, digital art and his polar installations.
The solo show willÂ run from November 30th, 2015 through January 29th, 2016 at the Milander Center for Arts and EntertainmentÂ 4800 Palm Avenue,Â Hialeah, FL. Â Hialeah, Floridaâ€™s fifth largest municipality, is one of the stateâ€™s most vulnerableÂ cities: Â A four-foot rise in sea level will flood 70% of the population. Â During the first twelve days of the exhibit (which coincide with the Paris Talks), Cortada will convene a series of daily participatory performances and panel discussionsÂ addressing seaÂ level rise, global climate changeÂ and biodiversity loss.
The CLIMA exhibit is presented by theÂ City of HialeahÂ in partnership with Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), Florida International University College of Arts & Sciences School of Environment, Society and the Arts (SEAS), the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), and theÂ Southern Alliance for Clean EnergyÂ â€“with special acknowledgement of the support fromÂ theÂ Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
CLIMA will feature the followingÂ works by Cortada, whoÂ serves as Artist-in-Residence forÂ Florida International Universityâ€˜s College of Arts & SciencesÂ School of Environment, Society and the Arts (SEAS) and FIUâ€™s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA):
Join us at 7 pm on November 30th for the exhibit opening and the screening of Cortadaâ€™sÂ Five ActionsÂ to Stop Sea Level RiseÂ film!
PANELS / PERFORMANCES
Monday, November 30th â€“ Friday, December 11, 2015
The panels will beÂ will be streamed live (www.cortada.com/clima/livestream).
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment
4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, FLÂ
The daily panels Â will coincide with the Paris Talks Â and address global climate concerns.
During this time period Cortada will also be painting related images directly onto three solar panels onsite.
Sea Level Rise in Hialeah
What causes sea level rise? How will sea level rise impact Hialeah? What can be done now to prepare?
Opening Reception and Film Screening:
Film screening of Cortadaâ€™sÂ 5Â ActionsÂ to Stop Rising SeasÂ and AwashÂ (created during the artistâ€™s participation in theÂ Robert Rauschenberg Residency Rising Seas Confab 2015)
WAIST (Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Threat) Line: Using the â€œEyes on the Riseâ€ app,Â participants will determine their homesâ€™ elevation,Â find out what the impact melting glaciers will have on their property. They will be useÂ a blue tape to mark the WAIST (Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Threat) Line on their home. Â Theyâ€™ll bring photoâ€™s of their homesâ€™ WAIST Line of the exhibit.
Melt: Blocks of ice will melt at the steps of the Milander Center for Arts andÂ Entertainment.
Policy makers, economists, lawyers and realtors will discuss the impacts on property values and tax base as sea levels rise. Â How will society confront increasing infrastructure costs (e.g., desalination plants, water pumps) as the tax base decreases?
Afloat:Â Participants will bring a print out of theirÂ property record (downloadhere) and make paper boats andÂ float them in the interior fountain.
The Ostrich GameÂ (an â€œimagined performanceâ€ by Xavier Cortada): Participants will emulate an ostrichâ€™s gait as they race around a sandbox in the ballroom. Winners will step into the sandbox and shove their head in the sand, if they so choose.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2
What are the implications of global climate change on human health? Â The panelÂ will discuss how environmental changes can lead to the rise of infectious diseases and alterations in the microbiome that directly affect the health of humans, animals, crops and other plants. The panelÂ will also discuss the positive effects of nature on the human psyche and the mental health challenges brought about by environmental degradation and loss.
PsychoAnalysis of Climate Change (an â€œimagined performanceâ€ by Xavier Cortada): A psychoanalyst will put the patient on the couch and explore early childhood experiences that may have led to present-day dysfunction.
EnvironMental Therapy Session: Participants will engage in a group therapy session to address grief due to their (environmental) loss and focus on cognitive behavior responses to confront their daily challenges.
Eco-Medication: Participants will take a pill to make them immune from all the dangers of global climate change.
How are future scientists, engineers, architects, and other thinkersÂ goingÂ toÂ innovate new technologies and find creative ways Â to bring solar power, wind energy and new efficiencies into the mainstream of American life? Â How are our schools, universities, and cultural institutions educating our future generation.
The Creative Cube: Participants will think outside the â€œbox.â€ Â They will then turn the box inside out and make it into a sphere.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 4
10 am panel | 7 pm party
Powering the Sunshine State
What is the status of Solar Energy in Florida? What is the Solar Ballot Initiative about? What impact would widespread use of solar energy have on our stateâ€™s economy and climate? Â What opportunities does clean energy bring for cost savings and job creation?
CLIMA and Cortadito (10am): Drink a cortadito brewed with our solar Cubancafetera.
Solaring (all day):Â Participants will come to the panel in theirÂ bathing suits, then soak the sun rays on the Milander terrace. (Note: Cabana boy will be available with sun tan lotions)
(Tirandonos) paâ€™l Solar (7 pm):
A party celebrating Solar Choices andÂ Art BaselÂ week, including live music, a Solar Petition Conga Line, and Solar fashion show featuring designs by Lea Nickless.Â Â The event will feature Cortadaâ€™s:
SOLAR, a triptych on three solar panels in support ofÂ a ballot initiative proposed byÂ Floridians for Solar Choice (seeÂ http://cortada.com/events/2015/SOLAR),
Painting a Brighter Future: aÂ political/environmental performanceÂ art project, and
Sky high:Â a participatory art project where participants will bring their FPL bill to make and fly paper airplanes â€” seeing if they can make themÂ soar as high as their fossil fuel basedÂ utility rates.
SATURDAY DECEMBERÂ 5
How are climate change, habitat destruction and introduction of exotic invasive species changing the ecology of South Florida? What do we have to do proactively to protect our ecosystem, restore native habitats and protect our biodiversity?
Wilderness Wake: Eulogy and memorial service for the end of the wilderness.
Participants, including members of theÂ Faith community, will come together in a circle and engage in an altogether different type ofÂ animal sacrifice. Â Their offerings will be forÂ animals struggling to survive across each of the Earthâ€™s 360 longitudes. Â One by one they will speak the names of 360 species on the brink of beingÂ forever removed from Earth.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6
4:00 performance andÂ panelÂ | 6:00 pm Mass
Moral Nature: Faith in the face of a Global Climate Crisis
An ecumenical group will discuss the faith communityâ€™s response to environmental degradation, and particularly its impact on the poor and generations not yet born.
Attendees will engage in the performance of theÂ â€œLongitudinal Installationâ€œ and record video of their â€œ25thÂ quoteâ€ (seeÂ http://www.xaviercortada.com/?25th_upload)
South Pole Communion:
TheÂ Episcopal Diocese of Southeast FloridaÂ will host several events as a faith-based response to the environmental issues highlighted in CLIMA.
South Pole CommunionÂ around the Diocese: Â The 77 churchesÂ and all of the Episcopal schoolsÂ of the Diocese,Â which stretches from the Palm Beaches to the Keys, will be given and invited to use ice the artist brought from the South Pole in theirÂ SundayÂ Eucharist Celebration, in a symbolic communion with an environmental message designed to resonate across the Diocese duringÂ CLIMAÂ and theÂ Paris Talks.
South Pole Communion ():Â TheÂ Right Reverend PeterÂ Eaton, the Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese, will celebrate an environmental mass and share communion which includesÂ ice the artist brought from theÂ South PoleÂ at theÂ Milander CenterÂ following the CLIMA panel and performance.Â Â This momentous service will be graced by the music of theÂ Anglican Chorale of Southeast Florida, directed byÂ Matthew Steynor.Â Â All are invited.
MONDAY DECEMBERÂ 7
Louder than Actions Alone
Literary community and environmental activists will explore approaches aimed at using words and actions to grow a more educated and engaged eco-citizenry.
Words | Deeds: Environmental activists and writers will meet in small groups to co-inspire each other and develop work (e.g., slogans, poems, language) to further their mutual efforts in protecting the environment.
Eco-Slam: Spoken word performances to be delivered by community members addressing climate change concerns.
Oil ChangeÂ (an â€œimagined performanceâ€ by Xavier Cortada):Â Car mechanic to receiveÂ facial, manicure and pedicure at his shop.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8
The chemicals between us
How does runoff from agriculture, our industry, our cars and our homes adversely impact our beaches, our waterways, our bay and our Everglades?
Spelling Bee: Students will be asked to spell the names of chemicals found in pesticides that are destroying pollinator populations in gardens and farms across the state.
Repentance letters: Participants will hand write a letter to Mother Nature asking forgiveness for committing an environmental error. They will end the letter by writing a sentence fifty times promising not to commit that error again: â€œI will notâ€¦ â€œ
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9
What is the impact of climate change Â on Floridaâ€™s agriculture?Â Â What are the implications for pollinators and the food industry?
The Flow (an imagined performance by Xavier Cortada): Ninety-nine mothers will nurse their babies on the edge of the water along the Miami River valley.
Flower Force: Attendees will participate in a FLOR500 â€œTiled Flower Drawingâ€ projectâ€“ receiving wildflower seeds, and promising to plant a wildflower garden at home. More at www.flor500.com
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
How is our fresh water supply impacted by salt-water intrusion from rising seas and over consumption due to population growth?
Moving Water:Â Attendees are invited to BYOW (bring your own water) and participate in a procession. Water should be collected from the area and include a label with the following information: individualâ€™s name, source of water (e.g., from a canal, from rainwater), date of collection, description of the site and brief explanation of oneâ€™s connection to the site or planned connection. After the procession, the water will remain as an installation at the exhibit.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11
Paris Talks | Local Action
Policymakers will discuss the politics of climate change at the local, national, and international level. They will also provide their perspective on what the future will bring based on what happened at the Paris Talks.
Trial by Jury: Does human activity impact climate change? A jury trial with battling lawyers, expert witnesses and a sitting judge will settle this answer once and for all!
OTHER PANELS / PERFORMANCES after the Paris Talks
Monday, December 13th, 2015 Â â€“ Friday, JanuaryÂ 29th, 2016
Programming for CLIMA will continue after theÂ Paris TalksÂ and will include the following participatory and performative works.
Attendees will engage in the performance of the â€œLongitudinal Installationâ€ (http://www.longitudinalinstallation.org) and record video of their â€œ25th quoteâ€ (see http://www.xaviercortada.com/?25th_upload)
Native Flags: Participants will bring exotic invasive plants they removed from their lawn and receive a native sapling and green flag for them to plant in that very location. www.nativeflags.org The exotic plants will be chopped and placed in a plastic cube onsite at the gallery.
Closing Reception: TBA
All work is the intellectual property of Xavier Cortada.
Copyright 2015 Xavier Cortada