Applied Artistic Research

About The Program for Applied Artistic Research

The Program is a platform that offers free seminars and open critique sessions led by a distinguished faculty of practitioners in the cultural fields and the social sciences. 


The Program builds upon the school started in 2009 by Cannonball Miami known as research.art.dialogue. It draws from a long tradition of informal but rigorous pedagogical initiatives. It is a forum to engage in important dialogues around contemporary realities in the cultural sphere and beyond it, and to develop projects that shed light on the dynamics that are organizing present-day urban and global configurations. A non-degree granting program, it offers a number of seminars by a distinguished faculty of practitioners in the cultural fields and the social sciences. It is driven by an effort to:

  • Develop a broad knowledge base for participants interested in working outside traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • Foster a critical understanding of how this knowledge is situated in the world at large within and outside the boundaries of the cultural sphere
  • Encourage the use of non-traditional methodologies in order to address pressing problems that structure social, economic, and cultural spaces.

The Program contributes to local educational infrastructure and makes new pedagogical resources available to artists, arts professionals, and cultural producers at all stages of development, as well as to members of the general public who are interested in the program. In this way it renders cultural discourse in Miami more robust and dynamic by binding it to global conversations. This is part of an effort to foster a healthy cultural sphere that retains creative and critical practitioners in the city, which will help continue to develop Miami as a site of significant artistic and discursive production.

The Program encourages both its participants and its faculty to engage in research and projects that engage with Miami as a prototypical city that is taking shape around a series of concerns and dynamics that have intensified to unprecedented degrees during the first decades of the 21st Century, including those of image politics, financial speculation, logistics, urban redevelopment, migration, and environmental precariousness.

Faculty members determine the structure of each seminar. The courses are held at either of ArtCenter’s locations in Downtown or Miami Beach or throughout the city, via partnerships with other organizations and community groups.


For this fall’s program, organized under the heading Parallax Drift, faculty members micha cárdenas, Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Victoria Ivanova, and The Otolith Group will run seminars exploring the intersection between art and the shifting landscape of border politics. The monthly sessions look beyond traditionally held notions of the political subject and instead consider shifting, alternate, or oft-overlooked positions from which to question the dominant economic, political, and social conditions that define much of our contemporary moment.

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Information about this fall’s open critique sessions can be found here

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