July 17, 2020

Knight Foundation Art + Research Center Summer Intensive 2020

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

Site visit with Houston Cypress, 2018. Courtesy ICA Miami. Photo: Alex Markow.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is proud to announce open enrollment for its fourth annual Knight Foundation Art + Research Center (A+RC) Summer Intensive. Launched in 2017, the A+RC Summer Intensive addresses ways in which urgent climate issues and anthropogenic effects apply pressure to contemporary cultural production and most severely impact people of color and low-income individuals.

Through virtual seminars conducted by visiting faculty that consider new methods for arts and environmental research, students will develop long-term projects that map the complex relations characterizing Miami and its local ecosystems. Due to the long-term nature of this semester, a one-year commitment and ability to collaborate remotely is required. To apply, visit

Visiting faculty
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
(Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Dina’s research focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, and High Country News. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019.

Dr. Godofredo Enes Pereira is an architect and researcher. He is the Head of Programme for the MA Environmental Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London. His doctoral research titled ‘The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics’ investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. He was a member of Forensic Architecture where he led the Atacama Desert project, an investigation of environmental and human rights violations in the Atacama Desert. He edited the book Savage Objects (INCM, 2012), was the curator of Objectology (European Capital of Culture, 2012) and the exhibition Object / Project (Lisbon Architecture Triennial, 2016). For the past decade, Godofredo has been conducting research, publishing, and exhibiting environmental architectures and collective politics. He is currently working on the publication of Ex-Humus: Architecture and Territorial Politics in the Underground Frontier; is developing research on The Lithium Triangle, across Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, and is a Co-I on the project “Scales of Climate Justice” funded by the British Academy. Godofredo is part of Transversal Collective, a design platform for institutional programming and territorial intervention.

About the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center
Initiated in 2016, A+RC serves as ICA Miami’s research department and educational initiative, overseeing signature education programs, publications, and interdisciplinary research. It includes application-based, graduate-level workshops and public presentations by leading thinkers and theorists in the humanities and social sciences, and is dedicated to promoting advanced arts literacy, fostering a generation of artists and cultural leaders, and exploring pressing cultural, environmental, political, and social issues in relation to contemporary art. In 2020, A+RC expanded its programming with generous support from the Knight Foundation.

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