The non-conventional Satellite art show made its third-year appearance in Miami Beach last week once again hoping to tackle the elitist stereotypes typically associated with Art Basel and Miami Art Week said the show’s founder.
Satellite is setting itself apart from the rest by branding themselves as #NotBasel said Brian Whiteley.
According to its website the show is the “antagonist to the standard fair and in turn, fills the voids left by Miami Art Week’s soullessness through collaboration, direct engagement, and fun.”
“When you visit Basel as an artist it doesn’t have a lot of the realness that you encounter when you’re a creator,” said Whiteley. “It just seems like it’s only for the collector class, [the] one percent. They serve cocktail parties and champagne to big name artists.”
To challenge these notions of a typical art fair, he said Satellite focuses on young artists, nonprofits and artist-run spaces. They also offer an immersive experience unlike that of other galleries and art fairs he said.
Satellite took place Dec. 7-10 at the vacant Ocean Terrace Hotel in North Beach.
The hotel’s 40 rooms were each transformed into different themes. No two rooms were alike. One minute visitors were in a dimly lit campfire listening to a spoken narrative, the next you were in a colorful amazon labeled ‘Secret Project Robot.’
“Each of the rooms [are] like entering a different world because we have a lot of transformative installations in each [one],” said Satellite curator Alex Paik.
One of these installations featured a piece by Los Angeles group Rochambeau that hosted an 8-foot by 12-foot sculpture of a wall poking fun at Donald Trump’s wall by creating a temporary one made of ice. Accompanying the piece was a spiel by a Miss Donna J. Trump.
Aside from the installations, Satellite partnered with the online platform Performance is Alive to bring different performances including a political discussion and pajama party panel by Ayana Evans, a “clown-meets-pole-dancer” performance by Dangerous Rose and a virtual reality dance hall by the Haunt in partnership with GIPHY, just to name a few.
“I’ve got 25 different performance artists’ projects that’s non-stop performance throughout the entire duration of the fair and Satellite’s the only place where that happens,” said Performance Director Quinn Dukes. “That sort of thing we’re pretty proud of.”
Whiteley said his fair is more inclusive than the more commercially oriented galleries of Miami Art Week.
“It’s not a VIP affair. We feel like artists for everybody and it kinds warps and its kind of like the feel of being inside an artist studio instead of being inside a white walled maze,” he said. “Typically, people stay for you know three to four hours and leave having a fantastic experience.”
After the fair, guests were treated to an after party at local dive bar, On the Rocks. Satellite partnered with New York’s multimedia art cabaret Le Poisson Rouge to put together a night of cocktails and performances.