Florida Governor Rick Scott may have banned the term “climate change” from official government records, but South Florida is well aware of its watery fate — the question, of course, is just how watery it will be. A new exhibit at the ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach imagines one potential future, with city streets dry at low-tide and flooded at high-tide, and examines how the city can use infrastructure and ecology to adapt.
“Intertidal,” which opened Saturday, was created by a group called the Alliance of the Southern Triangle (AST), composed of London-based artist and writer Diann Bauer, Miami-based artists and architects Felice Grodin and Elite Kedan and New York-based curator Patricia Margarita Hernández. Through the use of videos, audio and wall drawings, their exhibit is meant to feel “like a scrambled series of messages from a not-so-distant future — messages for viewers to contemplate as they think about their city and community,” according to a statement.
Artistic director and curator Natalia Zuluaga worked closely with city officials in commissioning AST’s work, the Miami New Times reports. The resulting exhibit is methodical in its projections, diving deep into details like how much sea-level rise the area can expect (complete with a fictional map from a not-too-distant future charting the effects of melting glaciers) and how the city can use land-use principals to its advantage.