Miami, FL. Jan. 8, 2018 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) will present I Will Have a Conversation About Any Subject/Converso Sobre Cualquier Asunto, a participatory public performance by the celebrated Brazilian artist and scholar Eleonora Fabião. This captivating gesture of social interaction and concern, and will take place at sites in the Calle Ocho District on Monday, Jan. 22, Downtown Miami on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and South Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 24. I Will Have a Conversation About Any Subject/Converso Sobre Cualquier Asunto is part of a weeklong program the artist has designated Triptych Miami. It will also feature a lecture-performance at the New World School for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 25, a workshop with students, and a concluding nighttime performance with the workshop participants on the streets of Downtown Miami on Saturday, Jan. 27.
I Will Have a Conversation About Any Subject/Converso Sobre Cualquier Asunto finds the artist at various public locations over the course of three days, barefoot, sitting and facing an empty chair, and displaying a sign bearing the invitation of the work’s title. Her lecture-performance, entitled “An Encounter at the New World School for the Arts, 25 N.E. Second St., Building 5, Second Floor, Room 5217, Latitude: 25°46′ N, Longitude: 80°11′ W, Moon 62% Illuminated,” will explore her practice. The workshop with young artists, Performance Art, Artistic Strategies, and Political Imagination, will culminate with Light Cloud, a performance realized in collaboration with the workshop participants in Downtown Miami. The unpredictable encounters that result from these open-ended situations constitute the works.
Born in Brazil in1968, Fabião is an artist and theorist who has performed actions in the streets since 2008. In 2011, she received the Arts in the Streets Award from the Brazilian National Foundation of the Arts and in 2014 the Rumos Itaú Cultural Grant, which resulted in the publication of the book AÇÕES/ACTIONS. Fabião is a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in the Theater Directing Undergraduate Program and the Arts of the Scene Graduate Program, where she chairs the artistic experimentation wing. Fabião is interested in the poetics and ethics of the strange, of the encounter, of precariousness. She considers the street actions as forms of knowledge and thought. Fabião understands concepts and theories as sources of energy to keep investigating and inventing city, art, university, and writing. Her performance work has taken place in several venues including as part of Performa 15 in New York in 2015, and at the Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica and the Museu Bispo do Rosário, both in Riode Janeiro in 2016.
I Will Have a Conversation About Any Subject/Converso Sobre Cualquier Asunto is part of Living Together, an exciting cross-disciplinary series of programs that will galvanize Miami audiences with thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions that draw from art, music, theater, politics, and poetry. Spread across the city at a wide array of venues, the series features performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings, readings, talks, and workshops that will reflect the cultural, social, and political realities of how we live now. Living Together seeks to find new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to reimagine our cities and our lives.
Living Together will take place at various sites across the greater Miami area from January to September 2018 and will include works by 17 of the most acclaimed national and international artists, art collectives, musicians, and writers. Events in the series will be produced by MOAD in collaboration with a range of other Miami institutions, and most events will be free and open to the public. The curators of Living Together are Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOAD, and Joseph R. Wolin, an independent curator based in New York.
Eleonora Fabião: Triptych Miami
I Will Have a Conversation About Any Subject/Converso Sobre Cualquier Asunto
Performance: Monday, Jan. 22, 1 – 5 p.m.
Domino Plaza, Calle Ocho District
Performance: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1 – 5 p.m.
Government Center, Downtown Miami
Performance: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1 – 5 p.m.
Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
“An Encounter at the New World School for the Arts, 25 N.E. Second St., Building 5, Second Floor, Room 5217, Latitude: 25°46′ N, Longitude: 80°11′ W, Moon 62% Illuminated”
Lecture-performance: Thursday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.
New World School for the Arts
Performance: Saturday, Jan/ 27, 6:30 p.m.
Living Together is made possible by the generous support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.
Please visit the MOAD MDC website for updates and a full schedule of events: http://www.mdcmoad.org/.
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