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Flood Relief | Misael Soto

Repurposed Flood Water Pumps

September 2017

Flood Relief is an interventionist installation that will employ the use of multiple industrial gas-powered water pumps in a week-long Sisyphean display intended to broaden the scope of local and national conversations on sea-level rise. Typically used to disperse flood waters, these pumps will create a continuous flow of water removed from and funneled back into a singular source, acting as a fountain. The work continues the artist’s recent explorations of ubiquitous site-specific objects and behaviors, exploring liminal space and proposing alternative viewpoints on every-day situations.

Rooted in a contextually- and project-based site-specific exploration of shared experiences and performative gestures, Misael Soto’s work investigates ephemeral and transcendental possibilities via a concise disruption and manipulation of existing systems. Born in Puerto Rico (1986), Soto is currently based in Chicago pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Soto graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Art History from Florida Atlantic University (2008) and has shown at MCA Chicago, Open Engagement 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Material Art Fair in Mexico City, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and Young at Art Museum in Davie, amongst others, and participated in the ACRE Residency Program in Steuben, Wisconsin and HomeBase Project’s HB Build Artist-in-Residence program in Berlin, Germany.

All images courtesy of the artists.

Continuing a trajectory of contemporary artists’ radical engagement with ecology and environmentalism, Art in Public Places of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the University of Miami School of Communication are pleased to announce SEA LEVEL RISE, a series of site-specific temporary public art interventions exploring the topic of rising seas and its impact in South Florida. Located at scattered sites throughout Miami-Dade County and ranging from installations to film screenings to event-based interventions, artworks will take place throughout a year of programming launching in April of 2017.

In an effort to bring broader awareness to the topic, each artist has been paired with a student(s) from the University of Miami School of Communication to produce a short documentary video on each project as part of their class curriculum. Support for SEA LEVEL RISE is provided by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Art in Public Places is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs responsible for the commission and purchase of artworks by contemporary artists in all media. One of the first public art programs in the country, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places was established in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance allocating 1.5% of construction cost of new county buildings for the purchase or commission of artworks, educational programs and collection maintenance. The Art Trust Fund is administered by a County Commission-appointed citizens? board, the Art in Public Places Trust, in consultation with its Professional Advisory Committee. For more information about the Art in Public Places Program and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, please go to and

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs program or meeting, please contact Francine Andersen 305-375-4634 five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)


Sep 01 2017


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