The City of Miami Beach, in collaboration with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is pleased to announce the launch of No Vacancy during Art Week Miami Beach, December 2–12, 2020. No Vacancy is a juried art competition that celebrates artists, provokes critical discourse, and invites the public to experience Miami Beach’s famed hotels as destination art spaces.
For the inaugural edition of No Vacancy, $25,000 in prizes will be awarded, divided between a $5,000 prize by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) determined by public vote and a $20,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. The 2020 jury includes Silvia Karman Cubiña, Director and Chief Curator of The Bass Museum of Art; Dennis Scholl, Executive Director of Oolite Arts and Maria Elena Ortiz, Curator at the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Each selected artist received a stipend of $10,000 to realize their project. The winner of the Juried Prize will be announced on December 4, 2020, and the winner of the Public Prize will be announced on December 14, 2020.
The 2020 No Vacancy Juried Prize has been awarded to Die-Cast for the artist collaborative’s work titled Temporary Occupancy. The work was selected from the 10 participating artists and collectives by a jury of Miami Beach art experts including Silvia Karman Cubiña, Director and Chief Curator of The Bass Museum of Art; Dennis Scholl, Executive Director of Oolite Arts and Maria Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator at the Perez Art Museum Miami.
“With impressive technological qualities, Temporary Occupancy is an ambitious and poignant project, embodying the artistic spirit of Miami Beach”, says Ortiz.
Installed at the Betsy Hotel, Temporary Occupancy is a digital-live hybrid installation that opens the privacy of the hotel room for public display. With both in-person and digital aspects of the project, Temporary Occupancy offers a larger world for visitors to explore.
The work imagines a fictional company called Vicurious, which offers potential visitors short stays in virtual hotel rooms, vicariously experiencing another person’s life. The boutique hospitality company is looking to open a new office in Miami. Through projected videos, in-person physical performances, and a fully-immersive digital component, Die-Cast’s newest creation asks visitors to explore how they center themselves in the experiences of others.