Miami Beach Elegy is a visual poem to remember Miami Beach as it was in the early 21st century – a colorful canary in the mine shaft of climate change. Shot in observational style and using haunting music by composer Hayden Pedigo, Lord has fashioned a beautiful, dark landscape portrait of place. Like biologists studying tree frogs in central Panama as they go extinct, Lord is “trying to catalogue what was there before it was lost.”
“By the turn of the next century, global sea levels will have risen by one to four feet, potentially turning hundreds of millions of people into refugees.” – New York Times Magazine, Aug 5, 2018
Chip Lord holds a M.Architecture from Tulane University and was a founding partner of Ant Farm with whom he produced the video art classics, Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo, Texas. As an artist he has continued to produce video works and Miami Beach Elegy is the latest in a series of works about climate change. His works are in the collections of MOMA, the Pompidou Centre, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, SFMOMA, and other museums. He is Professor Emeritus in Film & Digital Media at U.C. Santa Cruz and lives in San Francisco.
Fereshteh Toosi’s cross-disciplinary art work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. She is a recipient of The Ellies:
2018 Creator Award for a new project called Water Radio, a series of participatory performances and sound art generated during kayak outings along Miami’s canals. Fereshteh is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department of the College of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts at Florida International University.
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