Past

Miami Reimagined

Fall 2022–Fall 2025

Fall 2022–Fall 2025

Various Locations

Miami Reimagined

A multiyear series of talks, conferences, exhibitions, performances, readings, film screenings, workshops, urban tours, and other activities that explores both possible and impossible futures for our city, Miami Reimagined takes as its departure point the unprecedented events of the past years. It asks how the disruptions we have experienced might open a space for thinking through yet unrealized possibilities of the city. What if, instead of a return to normal, we sought to imagine another city altogether, one more equitable, sustainable, just, and joyous?

Co-curated by Allison M. Schifani, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Miami, and Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOAD, Miami Reimagined invites denizens of South Florida and visitors alike to explore the city as it is now, in all its complex and dynamic manifestations, but also to envision the city that is to come, to imagine new ways of building and being in Miami. What can or should we build together in a post- pandemic Miami? How can we refigure, rework, and refine the city? How can we imagine the city taking new shape in relation to its place in the local ecology? What makes the city work? What makes it vibrant? What makes it lovable and livable? Communities, artists, activists, and urban dwellers of all sorts come together to contend with these urgent questions. This city- wide project focuses on unrealized possibilities for Miami across topics that include the built environment, ecology, culture and community, media and technology, and food sustainability and access.

While there have been large-scale public pushes for novel urban technologies and data-driven development and infrastructure—the so-called “Smart City” approach, in which the city, its residents, and visitors are made into quantifiable, machine-readable data—the aim of Miami Reimagined is to expand beyond technophilic solutions. In the words of anthropologist Shannon Mattern, “a city is not a computer,” and part of the work of ethically imagining and building an urban future means thinking not only about artificial intelligence, but also, imperatively, human intelligences: indigenous knowledges, embodied experiences, community connections. The city is always more lived than mapped, more process than stasis. Hidden geographies, sensorial environments, local narratives, and large-scale histories—all of these help to form the city, but not all can be easily quantified, datafied, or even described.

As the city of Miami and communities globally begin to emerge from the dire crisis that is the global coronavirus pandemic, and from its myriad economic, emotional, and social consequences, there is no dearth of calls for a return to normalcy. The desire, shared by many, to go back to the way things were is palpable across the city. But the norms and forms of the city helped lead it to crisis in the first place. What is left in its wake, however, is an unprecedented opportunity to change: to choose, decide, and distinguish. Another city is possible.

Miami Reimagined is the third iteration of MOAD’s ongoing Museum Without Boundaries initiative, launched in 2017. In the belief that contemporary art and design can play vital roles in civic life, Museum Without Boundaries expands out from the walls of the institution and into the city. Venturing beyond traditional exhibition formats to connect Miami residents to interdisciplinary art, design, performance, and public programs, Museum Without Boundaries encourages interaction and collaboration with local audiences and organizations, allowing a plurality of voices to engage in dialogue around pressing cultural and social issues. Museum Without Boundaries inspires alternative ways of relating to and thinking about art; it aims to spark relationships among people and places that foster a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Stay tuned for more details!