SiTE:LAB is excited to present this Special Project in the 6th edition of Untitled, Miami Beach. Radio Station: Miami Folly II is an installation by artist Paul Amenta and architect Ted Lott of Lott3Metz Architecture, in collaboration with Untitled, Radio, Not Design, and DisArt. This project was realized in partnership with Xibitz and Kendall College of Art and Design.

Untitled, Radio in partnership with Miami-based web station Wynwood Radio will broadcast live from Radio Station: Miami Folly II – broadcasting talks, discussions, sound and performance-based work from the fair to a broader audience. Untitled, Radio, developed by Programming Director Amanda Schmitt, includes an extensive schedule of live and pre-recorded audio and musical performances, curated playlists, and experimental recordings.

DisArt Co-Executive Directors, Chris Smit and Jill Vyn will present the DIStopia podcast as part of the Untitled, Radio program. DIStopia looks at disability culture from the inside out. DIStopia is the podcast development by DisArt, an arts and cultural organization committed to raising the participation of disabled people through carefully curated contemporary art exhibitions, cutting-edge public events, and consultation.

Not Design will operate a tabletop letterpress within the structure, producing live content during the fair that will be displayed on the structure’s wall that will include daily updates on the Untitled, Radio program and the fair’s special events schedule. Not Design is a collaborative studio interested in solving problems in unconventional ways. The end results are not only that they design Artifacts (things) but that they identify needs and fill them. They aim to have an impact by making education, information and experiences more relevant.

Xibitz provided critical fabrication and logistical support for this project. Xibitz partners with architecture and design firms, corporations, museums, universities, and healthcare facilities in the execution of one-of-a-kind, experiential spaces.

Kendall College of Art and Design provided generous financial support for this project. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University (KCAD) is committed to creating lasting impact in West Michigan and beyond through collaborative partnerships, cultural innovation, and an educational model that develops the talent of individuals into a force for intellectual growth, individual creativity, and community engagement.

This project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Paul Amenta, artist and co-founder of SiTE:LAB, has received national attention for his use of vacant urban spaces for temporary site-specific art installations and projects. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Art in New York.

Ted Lott is a Principal at Lott3Metz Architecture. Ted is an award-winning architect, urban designer and planner and an active stakeholder in the city neighborhoods, working to build strong relations with the City of Grand Rapids and neighborhood residents. He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

SiTE:LAB is a nomadic all-volunteer artist-led initiative that has organized over 20 projects primarily in underutilized sites in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Project sites have included: An entire city Block, an abandoned natural history museum, a nature preserve, vacant commercial buildings, and a once-grand downtown hotel. Our current site is an abandoned 70,000 Sq Ft high school. For more information: paul@site-lab.org

“I think that SiTE:LAB is a world class…Installation group or whatever they call themselves…You could bring this to Documenta in Germany and it would be respected.”
Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic New York Magazine

Exciting news and a note about ArtPrize 2017…

As we finish our 2 year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County at Rumsey Street Project we are looking ahead and will not be registering as an official venue this year as we prepare for our next large scale exhibit for ArtPrize 2018.

We are thrilled to announce that Madison Church has given us access to an amazing building located at the corner of Franklin St. and Madison Ave. for the next 2 years. The building was built in 1931 and was once a high school and offers over 65,000 square feet of space to use for installations, exhibitions and events.

We will once again be partnering with other local groups, national and international artists and our favorite collaborators. The team is thrilled to be able to use this amazing space!

This year will be focused on fundraising, organization and regrouping. We are planning to hold some smaller scale exhibits/events during Artprize this year at 415 Franklin as we prepare the building for full SiTE:LAB style use in 2018.

Many more details in the next few weeks and months…