Panama's Diego Bowie says, "[I plan] to create a conscious social criticism of the human addiction to technology by embracing it in my piece and merging it with my body and behavior. I'm experimenting with audio recordings and interactive terminals such as headphones, so the audience can not only expect to interact with the piece but to also be a part of it."

Ismael Ogando, who hails from the Dominican Republic, says he usually explores issues of religion, sexuality, and the African influence on his culture but that currently he is interested in male prostitution and sex tourism in the Caribbean. "I rarely use elements other than my body. Normally I mix it with cross-dressing elements such as skirts and dresses, but this time I went for something more museographic and will show a complex audiovisual installation activated with the body's presence," Ogando says. Others such as Miami's Catalina Jaramillo are planning a communal feast to feed hundreds, while Canada's Christine Brault is working on a project she calls Latina del Norte in which she mines themes of migration and the home environment.

Local artist Belaxis Buil agrees that pushing the boundaries of art is what makes the festival a challenge. "We have to take risks and present work or ideas that may seem a bit ahead of our times... but this is the way we adjust our contemporary societies to new frontiers," she observes.

Belaxis Buil's Perra and Bitch
Belaxis Buil's Perra and Bitch

Location Info


Edge Zones Projects

150 NE 40th St.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: South Beach


Miami Performance International Festival, Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, at Edge Zones Projects, 150 NE 40th St., Miami, and Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Call 305-303-8852 or visit

Miami's David Prusko perhaps best sums up the spirit of the affair. "The Miami International Performance Festival is the anti-'object' art solution. What is there to buy? How can you display it? You can't brag about spending $100,000 for the performance piece that hangs over the couch. You can't mount an artist to the wall!"

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