Basel 2013: NADA Art Fair's Fade to Mind Takeover at Sandbar on Miami Beach
NADA Art Fair's Fade to Mind Takeover
With Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, and Total Freedom
Sandbar, Miami Beach
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Art Basel Miami Beach, when art walk goes to SoBe and takes steroids, is rife with the kind of surrealism that'd only make sense if Riff Raff narrated it.
Celeb sightings, secret shows, RSVPs -- art is sometimes as much part of the equation as the actual Basel, Switzerland.
Stlll, it was nice that the Fade to Mind label and the New Art Dealers Alliance decided to throw an afterparty, "no RSVPs, no lines," in the relatively stress-free confines of a bar on Collins Avenue across the street from the Deauville.
Fade to Mind is a label brimming with possibilities.
There's MikeQ's neo-vogue ballroom on a space colony. There's Fatima al Qadiri's reclaiming of gunshots, sirens, and walloping synths from Call of Duty and faux-trap to reflect on her Gulf War upbringing in Kuwait. There's Kelela, the label's breakout star of 2013, and her Cut 4 Me.
For Saturday's afterparty, though, label cofounder Kingdom was listed as performing with duo Nguzunguzu, whose Skycell EP from 2013 is the only valid James Bond entry since GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64.
Photo by Adam Katzman
When you put them together, the names of the artists and releases on the Fade to Mind label sound like a Snow Crash-informed game of Risk.
That the label's Basel afterparty was to take place at Miami Beach's Sandbar made sense. A Key West-style joint with a floor of actual sand and bathroom signs separating "Chicks" from "Dicks." It was a place perfect for a takeover.
We showed up at 10 p.m., listed as starting time. But in Miami, that's basically a few hours early. So we had time to observe a hapless longboard-carrying wanderer in flip-flops and a bathing suit who was seemingly unaware of what was happening to his generally reliable hangout.
His befuddlement was visible as he took in the post-Basel fashion. Our favorite: a guy waiting in line for the men's room while rocking a Jamie Stewart crew cut, Milla Jovovich-in-the-Fifth Element-informed top, tight white pants, and heels.