On a hot Tuesday evening in August, a crowd of curious, luminous Miami creatives gathered on the rooftop of the Garden Building in the Miami Design District to see and listen. The topic? Collisions. The first thought might be traffic accidents; interestingly, only one of the speakers, Elsa Roberts of the Pedestrian Safety Walk Project, spoke about actual accidents occurring between cars and people in metropolitan Miami (she subsequently invited the audience to learn more about the behaviors of poor drivers in crosswalks and the rights of pedestrians). But overall, the thrust of Pecha Kucha Miami's Design to Collide was to seamlessly integrate concepts of contemporary art and visual theory, architectural and applied design, interracial relationships and quantum physics, all in 5 individual presentations of 20 slides each, for 20 seconds each.

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The elaborate, otherworldly creations of artists such as Paola Pivi, To, Sachs, Jim Drain, and Bhakti Baxter have found other places to hang out besides a gallery or museum space. Instead, they can end up on your wrist, around your neck or ankles, or draping your body. This is made possible by the imaginative designs of Nektar De Stagni, a Miami-based fashion architect who specializes in jewelry, accessories and limited edition pieces made in direct collaboration with contemporary visual artists.

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Instagram can only provide us with so much raw and unbridled light and visual potency: there comes a point where a capable artist takes the reins from the hordes of self-proclaimed 'artsy' photographers floating out there in social media's hyperspace. One such metaphysical wrangler is Kubiat Nnamdie, a Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist who makes his home in Miami. With echoes of prestigious practitioners such as Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rodney Graham, Nnamdie's work acts as a peephole into sedate moments, somehow filtered through a brightly-tinted, saturated colored lenses.

A new crop of contemporary artists just can't spontaneously generate, they require cultivation, mentoring and guidance. Enter The LAB (Locust Art Builders), now in its 4th year at Locust Projects. This unique workshop pools students from high schools across Miami-Dade and pairs them with practicing artists to produce a collaborative exhibition within the 5,000 square-foot Miami Design District space. As a local visual arts incubator that also draws in internationally-renowned artists as visiting practitioners, Locust Projects relies on the ingenuity of emerging artists to accelerate the creative process. This year, it is Monica López de Victoria (one half of the luminous TM Sisters performance duo) and Loriel Beltran who serve as the program directors.

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If you had the chance to engage in a summer workshop with a pair of Miami's most colorful, intelligent multidisciplinary artists, would you take it? That might be a sound choice as the TM Sisters (Tasha and Monica López de Victoria) will be hosting a video lecture and interactive summer workshop at the de la Cruz Collection beginning on July 23rd running until the 26th. This hands-on seminar offers young artists the chance to actively plan, construct and execute a video performance or creative work guided by the experienced hands of the TM Sisters.

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