Art Basel Miami: Getting To Work At The Fairs

Art Basel Miami: Getting To Work At The Fairs
Design

The Brief Happy Life of Workshop Workshop installation is a conceptual yet practical experiment in collaboration.

Kat Popiel
  • 17 december 2009

The Brief Happy Life of Workshop Workshop at Design Miami, Art Basel3

With over 40,000 attendees to the fairs there are countless pieces of artworks with an invisible but over-sized sign saying ‘Don’t touch’.  Entitled The Brief Happy Life of Workshop Workshop, the installation is a conceptual yet practical experiment in collaboration, a challenge to this notion.  Both a factory and a salon, Workshop Workshop (created by poet P. Scott Cunningham, sculptor Graham Hudson and artist Jim Drain) was hidden at the back of Design Miami and constructed using recycled items from the city and previous fairs.  With the primary goal of creating as many zines as possible throughout the duration of the fair, the artists curated a continued stream of designers and writers to interact with one another and contribute content produced ‘live and direct’ from the workshop. Each zine costs $5 but  ‘could be bartered for intellectual property’.  All proceeds are going to non-profits Bas Fisher Invitational, an artist- run exhibition space and University of Wynwood, an organization dedicated to the Miami literary circles.

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