Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez Brings Her Video Art From YouTube to the Art Basel Streets
Says Rodriguez, "Miami Remix, a trance film composed of whirling kaleidoscopic mandalas created from hand-drawn and hand-scratched film images of local Miami landscapes, originally made its public debut in 2011 at the main branch of the Miami Beach Public Library, and has been streaming on YouTube for online audiences for over a year. But this year, during Art Basel, the piece [finally came] out of its digital closet and [took] to the streets of the city that inspired it."
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This past Friday and Saturday, Miami Remix was projected onto the exteriors of two homes in Buena Vista, namely the home of Todd Kessler and Rosa Lowinger at 29 NE 42nd Street, exactly one block North of the De la Cruz Collection as well as at the home of landscape designer Ian Simpkins at 46 NE 43rd Street.
The artist explains that each projection resulted in a different experience, as the piece adapted itself to its projection space. Her intent was for these street-level installations to expose people to her work even if they just happened to be driving by. Additionally, residents and art scouts would be able to experience her work even if they were just in the area looking for parking.
She explains, "Having the work in the street instead of a gallery means a lot to me. I want to engage neighborhood people, folks driving by, Miami people, homeless people, tourists, folks just getting home from work. I want to engage neighbors who are out walking their dogs. I want to engage the dogs, too."
Cultist likes that concept. She continues, "For every viewer, the piece will represent a different set of images, frequencies and vibrations, as each will probably only experience a very personal and specific few seconds of the total work. That's fine and as it should be. As an artist, I would be bored to tears to have a bunch of people just standing in front of the work looking at it from beginning to end. I want it to get inside people's subliminal aural field and move through them. The whole act can and should be mostly subconscious."
Read on for our Q&A with the unique artist.