Somewhere between film, technology and interactive storytelling, “transmedia” is a genre prescient to how audiences are experiencing entertainment through a 21st century lens.  During Basel art week, Ryan McNamara’s MEEM 4 MIAMI, for one, was designed for social media-hungry viewers, scripting a fast-paced, over-the-top choreography that melded dance, immersive theatre and voyeurism.  Another Miami gem was The Love Song of Buckminster Fuller presented by MDC Live Arts, which deconstructed the cinematic paradigm with on-stage narration by director Sam Green and a live soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.  This idea of giving people greater agency and engaging them on an experiential level is at the heart of South Florida’s only transmedia festival, Filmgate Interactive, which runs February 1st− 8th at locations throughout the city.

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Arlene Shechet will tell you - just like she said on this season of the award-winning series ART21: she must have a penchant for the hideous since that’s the lot of a utilitarian material such as clay. The key to her aesthetic is the romantic balance of imperfection and timing, knowing when to add to a piece and when to leave it alone and she often leaves traces of the art-making process and tools used in her large-scale sculptures.

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It’s difficult to overstate the layers of passion, controversy and romance in Charles Édouard Jeanneret’s–better known as Le Corbusier–personal life. He once sketched nudes of actress Josephine Baker on an ocean liner to South America; and one of his many lovers, British showgirl Christine Keeler, rattled the British Government in what became the “Profumo Affair” – a 1960s scandal worthy of today’s reality TV. Le Corbusier’s professional life was as busy and fruitful as his personal life – he was an architect, designer, painter, city-planner and one of the most compelling thinkers of the 20st century. In 2013, French artist Xavier Veilhan captured the multi-faceted Corbusier in a larger-than-life bust, which startlingly appropriate in both simplicity and scale, was recently revealed in the new Palm Court of the Miami Design District.

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“There is a pureness and rawness to the body shops of the past decade that I certainly romanticize from growing up around them and looking up to particular people who work there.”

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The Haas Bros entered upon this project after many visits between theirs and Elder Statesman's studios. Having poured over deep backlogs of insane colors, patterns and knits within Greg's archives all the while Greg noticing the logic-based beading program developing in The Haas Brothers space, the two came together. They thought they would try to build one of their "logic plants" on a large scale by taking advantage of the rich palette of colors Elder Statesman had stockpiled. The Haas Brothers designed a woven bead "tree" that grows by reading and analyzing the colors in its own structure and responds by producing a new bead with a new color.  Working like a computer program, this one is made to grow into the Miami space and create a multicolored cashmere cave out of large, cashmere-covered beads.  It is a soft, quiet, multi-colored and complexly patterned Oasis of Cashmeres. The life of the structure is written in its color and couldn't be more beautifully expressed than in Greg's cashmeres.