MDC Live Arts Tackles Climate Change through Epic Performance Installation.

 Holoscenes at the Wolfson Campus, Kyriakides Plaza,

A Human Aquarium Reveals the Trauma of Flooding and Adaptation to Catastrophe in Holoscenes

Miami, Nov. 29 2015 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts will present Holoscenes at the Wolfson Campus, Kyriakides Plaza, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec 2; and from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 5 during Art Basel Miami Beach. The provocative performance art piece will be active in six-hour time blocks, and is free and open to the public.

Created by arts visionary and TED Senior Fellow, Lars Jan, to “make people feel climate change in their gut, rather than just understand it,” Holoscenes is an epic performance-installation that embodies the trauma of flooding and explores the evolution of human endurance and habitual behavior in the context of natural catastrophe. It is a visceral, cross-disciplinary project born out of the widely shared concern that our troubled relationship to water will become the central issue of the 21st century.

Holoscenes will activate Kyriakides Plaza with an elevator-sized aquarium filled and drained by a custom hydraulic system. Viewable from 360 degrees, it will be inhabited by performers conducting everyday behaviors (e.g. selling fruit, getting dressed, reading a paper, tuning a guitar)—curated via a global open-call submission process. As water rises and falls, the performers strive to continue their activities, swimming to the top for air, diving down, and adapting to the new environment. Hydrophones allow audiences access to sounds inside the aquarium, which then become part of Holoscenes’ otherworldly soundscape.

Holoscenes weaves the unraveling story of water—the rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts —into the patterns of the everyday. These concerns are very real and central to South Florida residents. To deepen the impact of this project, MDC Live Arts is organizing public conversations that stimulate forward- and collaborative-thinking around climate change and our relationship to water with Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, Emerge Miami, and other partner organizations.


Lars Jan is a director, writer, artist, and the founding artistic director of EARLY MORNING OPERA (EMO), a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. Jan is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland. In 2003-04, he lived in Kyoto, where he trained and performed as a Bunraku puppeteer under Abe Hidehiko, designated an “Intangible Cultural Treasure” by the Japanese government. He has since developed projects in Afghanistan, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Haiti. He has received multiple commissions from the Whitney Museum and developed his recent projects with major commissioning and residency support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). His original works have been presented by BAM Next Wave Festival, Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, Kirk Douglas Theatre, and Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival. His work has been supported by multiple awards from the NEA and Center for Cultural Innovation; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; MAP Fund; Surdna Foundation; NEFA’s National Theatre Project; NPN’s Creation Fund; Panta Rhea Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts; and the Sherwood Award. He has held artistic and teaching residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Brookfield Properties Arts Program, LMCC, and Princeton Atelier; Mount Holyoke, Swarthmore, and Amherst Colleges; and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, where he was an inaugural artist-in-residence (2012-14). Jan is a TED Senior Fellow.

This performance launches the Live Arts In Focus series, which offers powerful programs tackling today’s pressing topics. Next in line is Camille A. Brown’s Black Girl: Linguistic Play, which explores black female identity through dance and rhythmic play, on February 20.

WHAT: MDC Live Arts Presents Holoscenes

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Kyriakides Plaza, MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

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