LitDesign is a visual exploration into the relationship between literary arts and space. Whether out in nature, on the page, through architecture or somewhere out of this world—language is the space in which we, at the innermost, dwell.
Yesterday night, Plurality Press arrived at its first Art Basel Miami 2017 event at SoundScape Park.
The evening featured three artists: Hans Berg, Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Jen DeNike. Berg, a Swedish sound and techno music producer, creates atmospheric audio and visual works that engulf audiences whether at the club or in an arena. Looping for one hour, his piece Trance (2017), was crafted for and aired through an orchestra of over 160 speakers. The crowd was visibly spellbound.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Jen DeNike's six short films closed the latter half of the evening. Huffman's screened works included GIF, First Person Shooter, and Figuration (A). Of his work, Art Basel writes, "His films bring together spoken and written language, found footage, vintage television, computer animation, pop music, and synthesizer sound effects, in a wide-ranging investigation of American media motifs that is also an homage to African-American popular culture."
DeNike's characters "become larger-than-life archetypes performing rituals of masculinity and femininity, and thereby achieving heightened moments of being," shares event organizers. She melds video, photography, sculpture and performance into a lyrical score gesturing toward transcendence. Her screened works were The Pimp, The Cat, and The Boxer.
Curator of film and sound at Art Basel Miami, David Gryn, selected the pieces this year, according to Sugarcane Mag, "to engage with the diverse and global language of dance."
Jessica Rohl, Assistant Art Director and manager of the LitDesign blog, documents not only the film on view, but the motion picture of actors surrounding the big screen--many of them on bean bag chairs. Join in on the view!
LitDesign is a visual exploration into the relationship between literary arts and space. Whether out in nature, on the page, with architecture or somewhere out of this world—language is the space in which we, at the innermost, dwell.