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Tropical Malaise: Prologue
October 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tropical Malaise: Prologue is a site-specific film examining life on earth 500 million years in the future, post-human existence. The premier screening will take place at the WallCast in Soundscape Park, designed by international landscape architecture firm West8, positioned adjacent to the New World Symphony by world-class architect Frank Gehry in Miami Beach.
Speculating the impacts of climate change, the film is constructed from a hyper-produced, high definition tutorials on worldbuilding (a process of constructing an imaginary world in which hypothetical structures, ecologies, and histories exist). Utilizing the material logic of the architectural rendering as it pertains to the current development of Miami, the imagery in the film is created with technologies used by leading architectural visualization firms around the world. Through this specific aesthetic, the film invites a similar sense of reified reality, where renderings, through the event of their creation, become concrete reality. Crucially, the film’s screening site location upon the Gehry building fulfills two important issues central to the work: the technological underpinnings of fantastical architecture designed and only possible through advanced technological tools, and the inherent form-follows-function principle where the specific building codes required to withstand the destructive weather potentials South Florida dictate structural and aesthetic considerations of the building itself. Through these constraints and lenses, Tropical Malaise: Prologue considers both the internal and external forces which shape the possibilities of reality spanning geologic time.
The film was scored by Nick Klein and narrated by Little Annie Anxiety.
Tropical Malaise: Prologue is part of SEA LEVEL RISE, a series of site-specific temporary public art interventions exploring the topic of rising seas and its impact in South Florida produced by Art in Public Places of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the University of Miami School of Communication. Support for SEA LEVEL RISE is provided by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.