Bas Fisher Invitational presents a WEIRD MIAMI bus tour by Autumn Casey
Sunday, January 17, 3 pm | Bus will depart at 3pm SHARP. Please arrive at 2:45 to ensure prompt departure
Tickets are $30 each in advance with only 36 tickets available
Free parking will be available in the Young Arts Campus’ Parking Garage.
“The streets of the poor quarters of cities are, above all, a theater, and a battleground. There, unaware and unnoticed, every human being is a poet, a masker, a warrior, a dancer: and in his innocent artistry he projects, against the turmoil of the street, an image of human existence. “
Pointing towards the stark contrasts of wealth and poverty that exist in Miami, artist and musician Autumn Casey will lead WEIRD MIAMI attendees on a tour exploring the artistic use of spaces in decay, becoming both a theater and a battleground. Casey will provide glimpses into the rich underground music scene throughout the tour, including a live performance by her band, Snakehole, as well as Dracula and Treasure Teeth.
WEIRD MIAMI BUS TOURS
BFI offers behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings with the popular, artist-led WEIRD MIAMI bus tours, which introduce locals, as well as tourists, to lesser-known places and cultural projects. BFI invites artists to create tours and exhibitions that reflect their relationship with the city.
The title WEIRD MIAMI is a loving ode influenced by the city slogan of Austin, Texas: “Keep Austin Weird.” In 2010, frustrated by global perceptions of Miami as a superficial Babylon where Art Basel happens to be in December, Jim Drain, Naomi Fisher, and Agatha Wara sought to expose the deep and varied year-round cultural depth of Miami by having artists become the hosts of bus tours around the city. Interrelated gallery programming will link contemporary art with the community.
“Artists think differently,” says Naomi Fisher, “WEIRD MIAMI participants not only get to see and learn about sites in Miami they may have never visited before, but they also get to see the city through artist’s eyes.” With WEIRD MIAMI, participants gain a new kind of agency with their own city: one may peek into emerging artist’s studios, walk up an ancient Calusa shell mound in El Portal, or nibble on Caribbean cuisine in Little Haiti. Destinations will be kept secret, only the artist leading the tour and their chosen theme will be revealed ahead of time, transforming participants into fresh visitors to their own city and enabling tour goers to revel in Miami’s diversity, multiculturalism, and well… weirdness.