Every so often, our team flirts with the idea of a tech detox, but who are we kidding. It’s practically impossible during work hours, and we just go from screen to screen during personal time anyway. TV, laptop, tablet, phone and repeat – ad nauseam. So while we’re attached to that sweet IV drip of information, we prefer to interact with technology that at least feels minimalist and isn’t visually overwhelming.
This is the first post in a ongoing series by Catalina Ramirez
There are many things I love about Miami. It is the city in which I was born, the city I call home, and for some time now, the city that has come to define and fascinate me in a cultural sense. This has not always been the case. I used to say I was from somewhere else. When asked, I would say I was from Nicaragua, the Central American country that my parents are from, only to be eventually reminded that I was not born there and that I have only visited a handful of times. So, why, I began to wonder, was Miami overlooked in my self-definition?
I stood to one side of the aisle with my head bent as far back as the uncomfortable tuxedo allowed, following the natural curves of the church ceiling as the various sides met in the center just above the altar. The inside of Epiphany Catholic Church looks like a capsized ship with a hull made of an intricate wooden weave, except for the solid beam cutting straight down its massive keel. I snapped a few pictures as the two-story-tall pipe organ sighed to life and one of the other groomsmen nudged me to pocket my phone.
Earlier in the week I had visited The Coral Gables Museum to view its current exhibit, Hilario F. Candela: The Culture of Architecture. Candela is the Miami architect behind Epiphany and many other significant buildings in the area, but his most iconic work is the Miami Marine Stadium. Hilario’s feature is a natural follow-up to the museum’s previous exhibit: Miami Marine Stadium – Concrete Paradise.
If there’s any doubt that Wynwood is quickly becoming a fashion hub as well as being the center of Miami’s art scene, here’s a little validation from the New York Times Style section in an ongoing video project called Intersection (full video here). And since Panther Coffee is the de facto center of the center, it’s only fitting that Isis, one of Panther’s friendly baristas, is featured in the piece. Isis describes her unique found and thrifted style as being inspired by Katherine Hepburn, whose fashion sense she admired growing up. The vintage theme is echoed by three other locals featured in the video, showing an evolving look that feels uniquely ours.
Combined with a little cameo from yours truly, the YoAmo305 gallery, we were happy to see how much love the neighborhood is getting from the 212. However, after spotting the YoAmo305 in a Miami New Times post today also, it seems we have no intention of being as cordial. Check out Ten Differences Between Miamians and New Yorkers. The comments sections is getting a little touchy between locals and NY transplants, but no surprise there.
The YoAmo305 wall is our welcome mat to our beloved city. Over the years we’ve had thousands visit our home during Art Walks, Art Basel and more while countless others simply stand outside with one purpose – sharing the love for the 305 . It’s the basic idea behind everything we do – it’s what we’re all about.
As we’ve grown and evolved, it’s been inspiring seeing Wynwood and the rest of the city change as well. That’s why we’re really happy to have been chosen by The305.com as the best place to take photos in Miami for 2013. With the start of the a new year, we hope you continue dropping by, tagging us in your pictures and throwing up the Three-Oh-Five at our doorstep. We’ve got big things in the works and we want you all to be a part of it. Here’s to a great 2014, Miami.
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It is often the case that the best things in life are shared. Join Product/81 Creative Lab andButter Gallery this Basel season when it opens its doors to welcome the great city of Detroit as part of the collaborative exhibition, Mi Casa es su Casa. This collaboration, inspired by the differences and similarities surrounding Miami & Detroit, will be hosted in both the Product/81 Creative Lab and the Gesamtkunstwerk building. The weeklong program, designed to house the creative community, will include a series of events, talks and a shared workspace. [2930 nw 7th ave. 33127]
The festivities commence on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 with a Launch Party + Vernissage (@7pm) featuring DJ sets by legendary Detroit producers Dez Andres + Rick Wilhite + Moodyman (by invitation only). Followed by a series of afternoon talks (Weds. – Fri.) with special guest speakers.
We have invited Miami Curator Torrance Gettrell to commission the work of the famed photo-duo Mochilla to create a heartfelt tribute to the late Detroit born + raised producer James “Dilla” Yancey in visual form. The exhibition will include a photo installation as well as film/video and poster art titled, As Serious As Your Life: A Tone Poem for Dilla: From Conant Garden.
In the spirit of collaboration, the Creative Lab will be an open house during the exhibition (Wed.- Sun.) – a welcoming space + lounge for the Global community to recharge (Fri., Dec. 6 – Happy Hour with sounds by Mr. Pauer) or to decompress (Sun., Dec. 8 – Closing w/ special guest DJ).
Wifi and Coffee will be provided.
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts + culture powered by South Florida Ford.
The Production Line is an immersive experience by the street art duo 2Alas commissioned by South Florida Ford as part of the Fordistas program.
Inspired by Henry Ford and the industrial innovations of the early 20th century, The Production Line seeks to recreate the process and vintage style of mass manufacturing by converting Product/81 Gallery into a screen-printing factory.
Working under the banner Made in Wynwood, the artist will produce 25 limited edition prints by process of assembly line in a series of precisely controlled sequential steps. Visitors can follow the floor map throughout the space to experience each point in the process.
Receive 1 of 25 limited edition prints from The Production Line.
Be among the first 25 to upload a photo to Instagram #Fordistas #MadeinWynwood
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts & culture – powered by South Florida Ford.
When the Product/81 creative lab team attended TEDxMiami: Between the Lines in 2011 there was an electric sense of potential in the air. The event held at the recently opened New World Center represented Miami’s changing intellectual and cultural landscape in many ways. As a young company, we were striving to distinguish ourselves and be a part of that change. This year we were fortunate enough to be able to sponsor Be the Diff3rence, TEDxMiami’s fourth annual conference.
From Rave Mehta’s ground-breaking educational graphic novels to Rodrigo Arboleda’s seemingly impossible effort in One Laptop Per Child – the stories were perfectly woven together to drive the narrative of the event. Each talk was of equal eye-opening caliber to the most popular videos on TED.com
Although we hope to one day present our own philosophies and inspirations on the TED stage, our humble contribution was a YoAmo305 t-shirt for each attendee. YoAmo305 is a symbol that represents our own little slice of Miami’s culture, which we were happy to share. And that’s exactly what we learned from Be the Diff3rence – big changes and lasting impacts start in small places.
Dressing up in adornments and masks has a far deeper history then today’s candy corn festivities. Although the foundation of our costumes is not at the forefront, it’s still very much alive today in pagan ritual. Photographer Charles Freger has spent years traveling the European countryside documenting the tribal wardrobe found in nearly twenty countries. His series “Wilder Mann” presents the myth of the wild man in which tradition and mythology dates back to neolithic times. His photographs are beautiful representations of style that should bless a runway, a film, and a dream all at the same time. Happy Halloween!
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We’re very happy to support TEDxMiami conference on Thursday October 24, 2013 as we connect the cities best thinkers. We’re big fans of TEDTalks and are looking forward to being a part of the energy. Product/81 Creative Lab is a proud sponsor of this year’s TEDxMiami alongside the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Knight Foundation. Look out for the limited edition YO ❤ 305 Tee in the goodie bag : )
Product/81 creative lab.