Opening: "Living With Poetry"

  • Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club 461 N.E. 31st Street Miami, FL 33137

O, Miami and The Related Group present the opening of the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club with an exhibition by Guatemalan artists Buró de Intervenciones Públicas (BIP) curated by Natalia Zuluaga, Roxana Fabius, and Patricia Margarita Hernandez.

Featuring a bar by Mini-Gramps and paella.

Organized within the frame of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, Living with Poetry draws inspiration from Nicanor Parra’s antipoesia and anti-poems in order to create an experience that draws from visual, literary, and spoken poetry. The project consists of a space created by the Guatemalan-based collaborative BIP (Bureau of Public Interventions) and artist Federico Herrero at O, Miami’s Edgewater Poetry and Athletics Club. BIP’s mediation of the festival’s "homebase" not only serves as a reflection on how notions of the visual and the literal intersect, but also on how conceptions of public and private space are formulated. BIP is a collaborative project by Stefan Benchoam and Christian Ochaita that originated as a direct response to the lack of public spaces and infrastructures for recreation and socializing in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Their projects encourage the use of public spaces through playful elements and unusual occurrences, and are developed through their collaboration with other artists, collectives and people in general. The interventions and occurrences that they organize can be read as Situationist gestures that generate reflection and debate about their city.