Opening 8 pm
From Transient inhabitant to dominoMiami
Stalker in Miami
03 - 20 - 2000 / 04 - 01 - 2000
Meantime, Meanspace, Meanculture
Websters dictionary definition: 4.mean: 1. Occupying a middle position; intermediate in space, order, time, kind or degree. 2. Occupying a position about midway between extremes.
Stalker arrived to Miami as transient inhabitants in search of a public place, but all we found were thousands of square blocks with far fewer places to meet. We found ourselves literally turning in circles in our attempt to find where the citys public life intersected.
The Miami River struck us as the right place for such a spot, since it is the only site that resists domination of the square block. The rigid grid of the square blocks is penetrated by the river, but much less by the passage of people.
The Miami River is known mostly as the place where Miamis inhabitants spend considerable time everyday sitting in their cars waiting for the drawbridges to open for ships to pass. The River is also the place that divides the city culturally, with, for instance, Little Havana on one side and Overtown on the other. These divisions reflect what the River signifies today: a "meantime" and a "meanspace", dividing cultures just like a border.
Today, borders like this are taking up more and more of our time and space. We believe that in a maturing multicultural and semi-nomadic society, those borders will become the most important public spaces. They will be places where differences face each other and start to relate to each other, places that are now considered a waste of time can become spaces for pleasure and interaction. Public spaces for a "meanculture".
This is what we consider to be the big opportunity for the Miami River.
Meanspace, walking in circles on the Miami River
03 - 21 - 2000 The first Stalker intervention attempted to walk along the River banks. It turned into a ritual of walking in circles.
Meantime, Free Bridge Coffee
03 - 30 - 2000 from 10.00:am at Flagler Bridge Miami - a Stalker production of public time.
Meanculture, driving about the poem
O3 - 28 - 2000 transcultural eat and drive from Everglades to Little Haiti with Adrian Castro following his poem
"When She Carried a Calabash"
for Katherine Dunham
by Adrian Castro
DominoMiami - a Stalker urban game
We propose that the Miami River become an experimental public space. A place where uses are mutable and not defined, occasions of meeting and exchange, a place where people can change their ways after meeting with others, a place where, by chance just like in a game, the city evolves.
DominoMiami is an open game to play all the possible combinations of spaces and people along the Miami river.
"My thesis is that the world is creolizing, that is the cultures of the world, put in contact together in simultaneous and absolutely conscious ways, are changing (...).
The diversity extends itself thanks to all the unexpected apparitions, minorities only yesterday unsuspectingly and crushed from the head of a monolithic thought, fractal manifestations of sensibility that transform themselves and assemble in unedited manner. (...)
All the possible combinations and all the contradictions are inscribed in the diversity of the world."
(Eduard Glissant. Introduction à une poetique duf divers. Paris, 1996)