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InterContinental® Miami New Media Digital Arts Program
The InterContinental Miami is an icon of the Miami skyline, a true expression of art and luxury, designed by world renowned architect Pietro Bellucchi. It is a world-class hotel that sits in the heart of Miami’s major destinations: at the crossroads of Downtown Miami and South Beach, Brickell’s Financial District and Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, and now the ever-growing center point of Miami’s Arts and Technology scene.
The Hotel greets over 500,000 people each year, guests and locals, all passing through the Grand Lobby with perhaps one of the most significant sculptures in the country, The Spindle, by Henry Moore. Exposing people to the Arts is not a new initiative for the InterContinental® Miami; it is the basis by which its very foundation was built. The vision was present thirty years ago when slabs were being cut, numbered and shipped from Italy to the mouth of the Miami River. As the Hotel was built and assembled by number, the 70-ton marble Spindle sculpture was commissioned for the Hotel, after which a Grand Lobby was built around it.
This artistic vision was once again brought to life through a $30 million renovation in 2012 which included a new digital arts space throughout the lobby and exterior of the building. Using innovative design and technology installations, the creation of the InterContinental Miami New Media Digital Arts Program was born. Since its inception, the program has become an integral component of Miami’s creative industries, fostering and promoting the artistic and cultural assets of the community. We believe the evolution of technology is not meant to isolate, but rather to enhance creativity, innovation, collaboration and social interaction. There is no better place than in the heart of Miami, at the InterContinental Miami hotel.
About the New Media Digital Arts Program
Mission: The mission of the InterContinental Miami‘s New Media Digital Arts Program is to support and bring awareness to cultural organizations, venues and the local arts community. The New Media Digital Arts Program not only acts as a platform for emerging artists to gain exposure, but also provides guests with a creative and inspiring environment that reflects Miami’s unique culture.
Overview: Each new media installation within the digital arts program creates an experience that tells a story, starting with the Miami skyline and continuing throughout the hotel’s digital artscape.
The focal point of the arts program is the hotel’s 200 foot tall 19-story digital canvas - located on two sides of the building’s exterior - that illuminates the night skyline with moving images and spectrums of light, creating an eye-catching display of colorful imagery over Biscayne Bay. Seen from South Beach to downtown Miami, and recognized as an iconic part of Miami’s skyline, the digital canvas is most well known for its dancing silhouettes. A result of its annual Moves Over Miami dance competition, the InterContinental Miami Skyline Dancers – which consists of 4 males and 4 females – have become an important part of the New Media Digital Arts Program. Every year, dancers of all focuses vie for a chance to represent the city and showcase their talent for millions of visitors and locals to see.
Inside the hotel’s grand lobby, one-of-a-kind digital platforms showcase art from nationally recognized, locally-based and emerging artists via the 18 LED screens and interactive touch tables. Quarterly installations are developed to capture the pulse of the City and to evoke a unique style that sets InterContinental Miami apart. Installations have featured a wide variety of artists and partnerships including:
- Andy Warhol, “The Model Boy” Exhibit
- David Siqueros, PopArt Collection
- Venus Williams VStarr Designs
- Perez Art Museum Miami
- Bleeding Palm Art Collective
- eBoy Miami and MIA
- MarsDesign International
- O, Miami Poetry Festival
- National YoungArts Foundation
- Borscht Corporation
- New World School of the Arts
- Miami City Ballet
- Form and Substance: Miami
- Integrated Visions and DWP Live
- NEWT: Experiments in Light and Sound
- Eric Cade, Culture On Demand
The New Media Digital Arts Program is managed by the hotel’s curator who oversees all aspects of artist recruitment, programming, exhibit launch, and also coordinates activations that invite the community to celebrate the artist’s work and showcase InterContinental Miami’s unique platform for turning art into digital and interactive experiences.
Partnership: As a partner in Miami’s growing arts and cultural community, InterContinental Miami is always eager to explore new relationships and cultivate strategic partnerships with artists and organizations alike, using the hotel’s one-of-a-kind digital arts platform. For more information or to submit a proposal for consideration, please contact the hotel’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Christine Corson, at email@example.com.