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BASEL 2018: Part 3

There’s too much to cover so here’s your intro: The lucky 3, our final part of Basel.

What, Why and When: Part 1 and 2 of our blog covered the bases. We tackled Basel’s brief history and our schedule, along with the usual extras. Today we’re taking the extras a step further.

Basel unofficially began yesterday. Half Full Creative along with In Good Company began their week of events known as “Decompress”, the boys INVT have been spinning left and right and the city is obviously getting ready for the people. Today, also known as Monday, also known as Hump Day, isn’t crazy. Porches live at Kindred Miami along with the usual “Rockwell Mondaze”. Tuesday (tomorrow) is the time to rest for Wednesday, the day locals are beginning Basel (c’mon you know we keep it unofficial).

Wednesday, December 5th: We didn’t include Wednesday for a reason. It’s not because we want to make your life difficult, it’s because we wanted to make it easy. It’s a busy time of year and our instincts told us to start Basel Thursday. Then we remembered were Miamians and if it’s one thing we’re good at, its staying up late and being at work early in the morning.

Our plans for Wednesday start in Wynwood, Mana to be specific. Throughout the day (and till the end of Basel), Mana is hosting multiple collaborations, instillations and projects by local and global artists. “Wednesday at 777 International Mall”, Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Downtown and multiple events throughout the day and night. We’ll do some strolling, check out some live artists and if bored, head over to CONTEXT Art Miami, located at the Herald Plaza. It’s against our principles to enter one of those giant tents but we like their ideal: create a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries, and collectors. Wednesday night ends (and’ll probably go into Thursday) with the RAW Pop-Up, an abandoned department store coming to life. Tickets can be found here.

Thursday-Sunday we already covered in Part 2. One event we didn’t talk about is Powerhouse, presented by the Art Plug. For one it’s 21+. It’s also in direct conflict with our schedule. We’ll be the first to say that if there’s any spare time between JuiceWrld, Galaxia, Rakastella, and everything else, we’re at Powerhouse.

Timeout wrote it best so we don’t have to. Here’s what author Virgina Gil said, “Brace for another immersive art experience this Basel—one that’s built for adults and probably NSFW (some parts of it at least). The Art Plug Power House spans several blocks, where you’ll encounter a High Hemp Smoke + Mirrors installation plus more than 30 interactive activations, monster truck and motorbike shows, the Art Plug + Monsieur Marcel collab pop-up and an exhibition by Marcel Katz Art. More than 20 artists are expected to participate in this abandoned impound-turned-gallery. 1440 NW 21St” Sounds absolutely fucking crazy, right? We love it. Powerhouse goes from Friday-Saturday and starts at 8 PM each day. Tickets can be found here.

Still eager to know about more galleries, events, etc. for Basel 2018? Here’s a couple links to great guides for locals:

And finally, we thank you for reading and (hopefully) taking a couple of our suggestions. Enjoy the Basel season, don’t stress out to see everything, and enjoy the locals, not the tourists. Remember, Basel is just as important for local creatives as it is for everyone else. It’s a chance for all to shine, have a platform that’s well seen and for some, a stepping stone into the global art scene. Let’s not take it for granted, Miami.

#BLESSEDTOLIVEINTHE305

LOCAL VS GLOBAL

Our weekend was crazy. Friday’s festivities started with Dylan Hall’s E.P. Release Party and ended with INVT’s set at Little Spaiti. Saturday got us way too tired, football during the day and another local party at night. What better way to wrap up the litness than with a blog? Are we right…

Well, whatever you think you’re still reading. We’ll take it as a yes. The weekend brought an important point to all our eyes. By all we mean the UMAMI crew. After seeing multiple amazing performances from local talent, we realized we need to cover an issue that stands in the way of UMAMI, locals, and a lot of listeners, whether you listen to music on the daily or on the boat throughout the weekend.

What to listen to. It sounds simple but it isn’t. When we turn on the radio or we use the outdated but still very popular Pandora you get the hits. Billboard hits, radio hits, mainstream hits, all types of hits. Now imagine you’re in the car. You’re on your way to school in the morning and it’s a Monday. Fuck we hate Mondays.

Anyways, your on your way and you’re listening to music. If you aren’t, we’re sorry to say that you’re lame. What are you listening to? For most, hits. Again, hits on the radio or hits that Spotify and Apple Music want you to listen to. Is it bad? We’re not the biggest fans but no, it isn’t. Close to all Americans listen to them.

After the story there’s always a point. Our point is that A LOT of people listen to hits. Now our question: How many people listen to locals?

We got to give credit to Dylan Hall and his amazing performance to finish off an amazing event. After he rapped his last phrase, he made a speech in which he gave thanks to friends, family, his crew and said “I listen to locals on the daily”. We do too. That doesn’t make it amazing. The way he said it, the way he went about it really stuck to us. The people that were in the room listening to him felt his sincerity, his realness for the local community, and the want for locals to be heard. All in all, it taught us a lesson that even though we’re listening to locals, we’re also listening to the Migos, Travis Scott, Diplo, Flatbush Zombies and too many more. How do we find a balance between our city and the world?

Since we started with music let’s keep using music as an example. If you’re starting to catch onto our drift (and have hopefully dived into the deepness of our blogs) you’ll notice that this can be for any art form anywhere. Where does a person find the balance between giving to the local community while giving to the world? At what point does the artist give him/herself freedom to go outside of the local community? As a listener and observer, who should we listen to? Who should we support?

All of you won’t like our answer but we think it’s the truth. Listen, support, watch, learn from who you want to learn from. Yes, we support locals to the max but we’re all humans, you’re attracted to what you like. Someone who doesn’t appreciate FOOM! shouldn’t have to support them because they’re local. On the contrast, someone who loves FOOM! shouldn’t feel forced to enjoy the radio. We’re all different, we all like different things and, us included, have locals we aren’t real fans of.

Appreciate locals but you don’t have to love them. Support the people you think are amazing, not the ones your friend is always listening to. Do the extra step and immerse yourself in Youtube, IG, or any other platform. Find those people you like, even if they aren’t only locals. From a creatives perspective, we cherish 10 committed supporters more than a 100 bots. Keep it real Miami, not only for the creatives, but for you.

#SUPPORTLOCALS