In 2017 Vizcaya extended CAP Lab’s professional learning community by working with the University of New Mexico (UNM) in addition to the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University (FIU), to see how MFA students from these different universities might work collaboratively. UNM and FIU have similarly diverse student populations, and both serve students who are juggling school and work, as well as emerging as artists. In this way, participants had some common experiences and might be poised to collaborate and learn from, and with, each other.
UNM students were also able to travel to Miami on two fully-funded trips. By bringing together faculty and students from UNM and FIU we were able to facilitate the building of affiliation and networks between these two institutions, and test the scalability and replicability of the CAP Lab program. Participants were asked to consider the notion of immersion at the Vizcaya Village, a space that is not open to the public, yet is an integral part of Vizcaya. Students received the same request for proposals that was issued to the four artists who were commissioned to create works for Overload. To develop project proposals, students from both universities participated in on-site visits and conducted research, considering Vizcaya’s rich native, subtropical landscapes and place in the city of Miami; the intersections of old and new, American and European that can be found on the estate; the experiences of the people who lived and worked at the estate in the past; and the experiences of people who visit and work at the estate today. Using Google hangouts, artists participating in Overload, students and faculty from FIU and UNM, and Vizcaya staff engaged in collaborative peer reviews to advance ideas into proposals and ultimately five projects for exhibition.
The following students were our partners in 2017: Gianna DiBartolomeo, Jose Luis Garcia, Rhea Leonard, Angela Yang, Carlos Gabaldon, Amy Johnson, James Martin, and Nick Simko.
CAP Lab: Overload explores the concept of immersion at Vizcaya. We invited artists to consider how the activation of the senses can alter the experience of a space.