2018 AQUA Events



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DJ Bea Pernia

DJ Bea Pernia

Performing opening night.

Klang Box


Klangbox champions a return to form for the radio medium. We've grown weary of the new reliance on mathematical algorithms to aid in the process of musical discovery. Instead, Klangbox taps into the heart and soul of each location, placing knowledgeable people in front of a microphone- the historical role of the DJ. Since 2013, Klangbox has served as an audible cross-section of Miami’s diverse and burgeoning music scenes. Ranging from techno, house, classic trax, and leftfield disco to experimental jazz, and world beat, it mirrors the diversity on which the city prides itself.

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DJ Bea Pernia

Thursday, December 6 | 5-8 pm

DJ Performance: iLL Set
DJ iLL-Set will take you on an old-school, classic, latin funky soulful house journey with her beats.

DJ Bea Pernia

Friday, December 7 | 4:30-7:30 PM

DJ Performance : 2FP (Two Fancy Pants)
2FP celebrates AQUA with old and new sounds in custom form. A medley of genres and global influence will bring about new musical discovery.

DJ Bea Pernia

Friday, December 7 | 7:30-8:30 PM

DJ Performance: UOM Auditory Art
UOM Auditory Art is a multi-disciplinary sound project that pairs non-traditional, vintage, and electronic instruments with improvised performance techniques. Originally founded in 2007 by Eduardo Balerdi and Daniel Fiordia, UOM has a history of collaborating with vocalists, poets, and visual artists to create a unique sound experience. UOM’s most recent project is a cutting-edge collaboration with three Miami vocal artists, Spencer Bambrough, Atena Sherry, and Sabii V. These independent artists have come together to create dynamic compositions that are in constant conversation with the environment of sound they inhabit. They utilize a range of vocal techniques from poetry, to song, to synthesized sounds. This new UOM collaboration takes audiences on a journey that stretches between energized cacophonies and tranquil ambience. Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud

Kevin Berlin
Photo: Marco Crivellin

Saturday, December 8 | 1 PM

Conversation with artist Kevin Berlin

Kevin will discuss the Worldwide Premiere of HOPE DIES LAST - New Works of the Russian Ballet. Berlin’s paintings focus on the interior and secret lives of ballet dancers – depicting their hidden thoughts in sensual black and white paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.


Kevin Berlin

Saturday, December 8 | 5-8 PM

DJ Performance: Sex Sells

Miami native, DJ and Producer Sex Sells will be spinning chilled cuts and deep dubby grooves.

Stephen Wilson

Saturday, December 8 | 6PM

Book Signing by artist Stephen Wilson

Announcing a special Book Signing and Cocktail Reception with mixed-media artist Stephen Wilson, best known for his artistic explorations in embroidery work, supplemented with cutting-edge modern technologies like laser cutting and 3D printing. High fashion influences are prevalent in his work, expressed through use of designer-branded packaging and luxury fabrics - Hermès silk, Chanel wool, limited-edition Gucci boxes.

The Artist will be in attendance, signing copies of his new book, Stephen Wilson: Luscious Threads, available from Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers. Renowned art historians and critics Donald Kuspit and Eleanor Heartney provide thoughtful commentary on Wilson’s contribution to the contemporary art field .Books will be available for purchase.


Presented by Art Helix | Brooklyn, NY

Shanzey Afzal

Shanzey Afzal’s Mobile Tattoo Tent

Ms. Afzal, who owns and operates Ink Minx- a mobile tattoo trailer- and identifies as the only trained and certified female Muslim tattoo artist in the U.S. will bring her socially conscious art project to Aqua Art Miami. The artist embraces her practice as a means for Muslim and other religiously raised women to openly speak up for themselves through a form of body art that is usually prohibited by their faith. Tattoos in this case now become a form of a shared political language as a redress to specific cultures where a woman’s voice is often restricted or even disallowed.

Katarra Peterson

Katarra Peterson and her Uppity hair braiding project

Ms. Peterson will be using the upper balcony of the fair as a platform for a modern day interpretation of the Rapunzel folk tale. Re-written here by a female artist of color who now reimagines this story, not of how she will be saved, but rather how she will “pull up” others less fortunate. Daily engaging fair visitors with an opportunity to help weave her lengths of braided hair into a rope, the artist will meanwhile offer her “assistants” crystal ball and palm readings, and all manner of general wisdom, and spiritual consulting.

Angela Strassheim

Angela Strassheim mobile portrait photography booth

Featuring her unique blend of matter-of-fact Midwestern clarity and surreal juxtapositions. She will offer viewers both high resolution images of themselves and family, and instant color Polariods.Before receiving her MFA from Yale Strassheim worked as a certified forensic photographer. Producing crime scene, evidence, and surveillance photography in Miami.  Her work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and The New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman singled out Strassheim's submissions as beautiful, "surreal pictures, candy colored and strangely loving.

Presented by Blackship | Miami FL

MIKIHUMO - Imponderable Cities

A series of sculptures that from a minimalist point of view evoke the development of cities from the beginning of civilization to the present as they are submerged in the AQUA Hotel swimming pool along withvideo mapping on the pools back wall. Some cities have outdated architecture, and others cities respectmachines more than nature and humans. This behaviorhascreated a hostile climate change affectingrising sea levels putting the cities at risk. This work represents urban planning focused on quantity and not quality, sustainability or functionality.The idea of building a city that grows organically has been displaced, where buildings arebuilt for profit and not for thewell being of younger generations. The results are some uncomfortable and unfavorable cities that break with human interaction thus creating robotic behaviors. We find an escape in the virtual world. We connect and disconnect.

SHIM Video Collective

The Shim Video Collective

Featuring video artists worldwide with 3 minute or less original video art works hand chosenby a panel of world famous video curators. The videos will be looped on a large scale high res monitor in the hotel lobby.

The Parsons Close Project launch from Steve Cohen and Curtis Cox (Springs, NY)

Steve Cohen and Curtis Cox are the longtime lighting and production directors for the biggest names in music, including Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, The Eagles, Blake Shelton and Lenny Kravitz, who will be making their artistic debut as a collaborative presentation known as The Parsons Close Project. The presentation will feature Cohen’s recent paintings and assemblies, as well as Cox’s ceramics and jewelry. Cohen began painting 14 years ago to transition his ephemeral work in lighting design onto a permanent canvas. His works are an unconscious channeling of what he sees in the world every day. Cox uses computer-aided design programs to print in clay with a 3D printer or cut from sheet metal with a laser. He then uses traditional ceramic and jewelry techniques to transform the parts into a final, finished piece.

Susan J. Barron – Depicting the Invisiblepresented by HG Contemporary (New York)

Military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have shared their stories with New York-based artist Susan J. Barron who has honored them by creating large-scale mixed-media portraits that she will present in, Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD.