At FrostArt Wednesday After Hours on September 10th, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will open Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free), a new exhibition by Jacek Kolasinski (Chair, FIU Art + Art History), Roberto Rovira (Chair, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design), and Orlando Garcia (Composer-in-Residence, The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios and former Director of the FIU School of Music).
Below is a statement provided by the three professionals.
Stadtluft macht frei (urban air makes you free) is a German Mediaeval dictum describing a principle of law that offered freedom and land to settlers who took up urban residence for more than “a year and a day.” Broadly speaking, this principle allowed the rising burger class to seek self-governance and economic autonomy. The proliferations of the city communes redefined the socio-economic landscape of Mediaeval Europe.
Migration to cities, whether catalyzed by political dictum or by the promise of socioeconomic betterment, powerfully informs the many transformations that have shaped contemporary cities, nations, and landscapes. Migration, as a human and ecological phenomenon, profoundly reshapes its context and is a conduit by which identity is routinely questioned.
This collaborative multimedia enquiry brings together voices of three discrete academic disciplines to offer a unique artistic interpretation of this complex historic process. This project employs an array of techniques including 3-d fabrication, video, printmaking and digital sound composition.
The opening reception for Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) will take place at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, as part of the FrostArt Wednesday After Hours series, on September 10th, 2014 at 6PM: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. Free and open to the public.