Fieldwork is a nomadic series of site-responsive programming at unique locations. Sparking dialogue between self and site, each event provides insight into a site's history and its place in our contemporary community. And staying true to its name, at each Fieldwork we will provide visitors with an exercise sheet specific to the site so they may conduct their own fieldwork.
Fieldwork began on February 21, 2020 with the “Connect - & - Reflect” event inside of Miami Beach’s City Hall and was tailored specifically for staff and elected officials. Subsequently, Fieldwork went virtual with Fieldwork: Dispatches.
With the Department of Reflection's 38th Fieldwork: Dispatches we dive into a pivotal moment in Miami Beach history: the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 1972, both of which took place at the Miami Beach Convention Hall. Coming to our audience live, we spend some time on location at the Convention Center, we walk the streets where hundreds if not thousands protested for weeks, and pay a visit to Flamingo Park where many of those protesters camped. Towards the end of the presentation we are joined virtually by Miami-based artist and activist Jenna Carr Balfe.
Dispatch #38 was recorded over livestream on June 3, 2020 and was made possible with commissioning support by partners Commissioner and the City of Miami Beach.