Welcome to Elusive Landscape

Elusive Landscape was presented at five outdoor locations across Miami from June to October 2010. This work consists of multiple hand-crafted 16mm films depicting the forms and colors of natural landscapes projected directly into the landscapes themselves. All events were free and open to the public.

Artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez brings to this project over 30 years’ experience in hand-crafted 16mm filmmaking, as well as a history of moving image installation, including several works which have included projections in the outdoors. Her work is exhibited internationally in film festivals, museums, galleries, independent venues and public spaces, and she has received numerous grants, fellowships and residency awards for her work.

Unique soundscapes for each site were created by composer and sound designer Ricardo Lastre, best recognized for his work with Las Negras Performance Ensemble, Lucia Aratanha, Giovanni Luquini Performance Troupe, Akropolis Acting Company and the late Jennylin Duany.

Following the five outdoor installations, there will be an exhibition at Diaspora Vibe Gallery showing the films as well as the filmstrips themselves, and a video documenting the entire process of creating and exhibiting this work.

Elusive Landscape: Miami

Photo Catalogue of Highlights from Elusive Landscape

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Miami Beach Botanical Garden ~ Splendor in the Grasses!

Some 200 visitors enjoyed the projections in the exotic Japanese Garden at Miami Beach Botanical Garden on the evening of September 11. One group spread out a picnic blanket, opened a bottle of wine, and stayed for the entire duration. We saw a lot of Garden regulars, including landscape architects, environmentalists, and other gardening and cultivation enthusiasts, as well as a good crowd of film buffs and video artists interested in the concept of expanded cinema. The lovely Garden staff allowed us to remain open well past 11PM to accommodate those who popped in after the Wynwood Arts District Gallery Walk.

One of my great joys in presenting this piece was the success of the projections on water features. The Garden itself is a stylized configuration of varied bamboo and other grasses, the quintessential red bridge overlooking the lotus pond, a rustic fountain comprised of stacked natural stone, and other Asian-themed sculptural elements. I was able to project on both the pond and the fountain with astoundingly beautiful results.

Ricardo's soundscape contained the unlikely meshing of club beats with native drumming. The whirring of the projectors mingled with the babbling water sounds of the stone fountain filled out the sonorous effect, while the humid scent of exotic herbs and flowers completed this mutltisensorial experience.

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the humidity and fragrance, the elusive imagery and the landscape. Thanks as always to the magnificent crew and the great staff at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Photos by Luis Olazabal/blue jazz photo - thanks again Luis!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Saturday, September 11

Elusive Landscape will next animate the foliage at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, at 2000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach, next door to the Holocaust Memorial and across the street from the Miami Beach Convention Center.

One of my favorite locations in all of metropolitan Miami, this garden is a sublime place to relax, read, learn about horticulture, and smell the fragrance of exotics such as ylang ylang. The presence of nature embellished with several contemporary art installations is stimulating and calming at once. A perfect spot for an intimate and classy wedding reception amid the lush greenery and surrounded by the energy of South Beach.

Our projectors will be rolling in the Japanese Garden area, where the foliage is dense, the lights are dim and the beautiful lotus pond serves as a liquid centerpiece. The best way to find this area is to enter by way of the parking lot behind the Holocaust Memorial.

Be sure to check out the variety and abundance of permanent outdoor sculptures, as well as the orchids and other exotic flowers on display around the 4.5 acre garden. Stop by their guest board to pick up the latest information about the variety of lectures, programs and activities that the Garden offers.