If you’re among the tens of thousands of art lovers currently flying south to brave Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, you face the daunting prospect of prioritizing which of #ABMB16’s hundreds of events and exhibits to pack into a single weekend of sandy, overstimulating days and sticky, mojito-drenched nights. While there’s plenty of beauty and talent to glean from Basel’s official programming, you’re likely to reach a point when the thought of one more confusing minute with a velvet-roped, armed-guarded Banksy car door with a $145,000 price tag makes you want to exit through the Miami Convention Center gift shop.
Luckily, there are other options. One of them is SATELLITE, a smaller, seedier fair that champions uncensored creativity and a multi-disciplinary mix of high- and lowbrow contributors, and serves as an antidote to Basel’s more white-walled fare. The second edition of the concept-based, artist-driven event features 45 exhibitors spanning four stories of repurposed hotel rooms in a Miami Vice-style dive hotel in the art deco mecca that is South Beach’s Collins Avenue. Highlights of the second annual edition of the Basel satellite’s #notbasel lineup include a queer “strip club” hosted by a Julliard-trained ballerina, virtual reality aromatherapy lounges, a 24/7 performance art space, a fully operational “post-feminist” tattoo parlor, and an 800-gallon cereal bowl perma-lubed with a live-action stream of artificial milk. Visitors can top off a day of cultural enrichment with post-art partying in a nightly after-hours penthouse.
Along with the rare chance to ‘gram a giant milk fountain, the indie fair’s takeaways include the opportunity to view visual art in combination with other creative and sensory experiences, all of which are cool but don’t require a fat checkbook or the ability to discern cubism from surrealism. Where else can you check out a Venice Biennale U.A.E. Pavilion artist, enjoy a lap dance and leave with some fresh ink? As the fair’s director Brian Whiteley puts it: “We believe art can be marketable and still have a soul.”
Enjoy some pictures and find out more about SATELLITE below.
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